News: May 2007

In  January 2003 the owner of Dreamland, Jimmy Godden, announced the closure of Dreamland. The park is to be redeveloped as "leisure boxes, some retail and a supermarket". Joyland Books will provide updates on the campaign to save Dreamland and its internationally-important Scenic Railway ride.

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Sunday, 27 May 2007

The Save Dreamland's almost universally supported proposals for a heritage amusement park at Dreamland have featured in a number of publications over the past few days, including Coin Slot (pictured right) and Leisure Opportunities. Local MP Roger Gale's support for the project is now on his website.

Details of Margate Town Centre Regeneration Company's (MTCRC) own proposals for Dreamland can be seen on their website:

And don't forget to visit our lively Forum this Bank Holiday weekend to discuss all things Dreamland!

Thursday, 24 May 2007

The Dreamland Bingo Club, based in the Dreamland Cinema, closed yesterday after 40 years. We are not certain about the circumstances of the closure. All members have received a letter informing them of the closure and directing them to the Crown Bingo.

Monday, 14 May 2007

Several photographs have been added to our Cavalcade of Photographs Gallery.

Sunday, 13 May 2007

The Save Dreamland Campaign has formally responded to the public consultation exercise undertaken by Dreamland's owners, the Margate Town Centre Regeneration Company Ltd (MTCRC). Campaign Leader Nick Laister said:

"We have given a level support to their Duke of York proposal, but stated that this proposal still needs some significant changes before we can fully support it. We have asked MTCRC to recognise that Policy T8 of the Thanet Local Plan requires that the proceeds from the redevelopment must secure the future of Dreamland as an amusement park and we have also pointed out that the area shown for the Heritage Amusement Park is much too small. We also remind them that the Policy also requires evidence to demonstrate that Dreamland is not viable before redevelopment on the scale proposed can be considered. We do, however, offer to work with MTCRC in bringing a Heritage Amusement Park to Dreamland."

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There was more in the press in last week's Kent on Sunday.

There has also been much discussion about the Save Dreamland Campaign's proposals for a Heritage Amusement Park at Dreamland on various internet forums, with a generally very positive reaction (one even discusses the proposed miniature railway):

Coaster Force
Crazy Gangs Rollercoasters
Ultimate Rollercoaster
Miniature Railway World

Tuesday, 8 May 2007

Thanet North MP Roger Gale is the latest person to come out in favour of the proposals for a heritage amusement park at Dreamland. In an article for the 4 May edition of the Thanet Extra, Gale states that he owes the Save Dreamland Campaign a "debt of gratitude", adding that without the Campaign's enthusiasm "it is unlikely that the present concept of a Heritage Park would have been included in one of the plans".

An article in the Thanet Times on 1 May 2007 summarises the Campaign's proposals.

The Isle of Thanet Gazette also featured extensive coverage of the MTCRC consultation and the Save Dreamland Campaign's response.

Sunday, 6 May 2007

There has been extensive coverage of the Save Dreamland Campaign's proposals for a heritage amusement park at Dreamland. Here are some of the highlights:

A new page has now been added to the Campaign website where additional information on the project will be added over the coming weeks.

The Margate Town Centre Regeneration Company (MTCRC) consultation on Dreamland was covered by BBC News. The Thanet Times on 1 May also carried a report on the MTCRC consultation.