Sunday, April 16, 2006

More Thoughts on Dreamland's Future

I thought this latest comment was so well-written that I’ve decided to give it a thread of it’s own for you to comment on:

“The Isle of Thanet Gazette (IOTG) also gave space to Mr Hunter of Waterbridge Developers or as they now seemed to be called Margate Town Centre Regeneration Company Ltd (MTCRC) to knock the Save Dreamland campaigners.

I am seriously impressed by Waterbridge's PR/spin team.

What a great name and what a great tactic to ridicule your main opposition group!

IOTG quotes Mr Hunter:

1) ‘Margate is a tremendous town with a huge heart and great potential’ - PR speak for praise the local plebs and butter them up.

2) ‘Please look to the future’ - PR speak for you're hidebound old reactionaries and we're the sole people of vision.

3) 'Recognise that MTCRC is here to develop some world class facilities in leisure and supported by mixed use’- PR speak for we want to maximise our profit by building flats, houses, shops.

4) ('Not financially supported but for the good of an attractive urban regeneration') - PR speak for stress other use of Dreamland site to make sure we can maximise profit.

5) ‘Your campaign against me is starting to look vindictive and small minded’ - PR speak for your a serious threat to our plans to maximise profits so this slur will make you look small and pathetic.

Waterbridge or MTCRC has every right to maximise its profits when investing and developing and good luck to them. However, they are sitting on a critical site to regenerate Margate. The Local Planning Inspector stressed the need to keep it for development as a major tourism puller and that idea is already being watered down.

Sorry, Mr Hunter, either you make your money developing it as we and TDC and our local Inspector have outlined or TDC should compulsorily purchase it and do it itself.

The more you slag off Save Dreamland Campaign and try and kid us that a small big wheel is a big deal then you lose your credibility.”


James Maskell said...

How much would a compulsory purchase for Dreamland cost?

The comments after the quotes may be genuinely held but seem off the mark. Cynicism, I can understand, as with comment after quote 1, but the comment to quote 2 just seems rather paranoid.

Hunters comments seem reasonable and wanting to work with interested parties, Save Dreamland Campaign included.

A real cynic said...

James, use kind Dr Moores' side-bar to Save Dreamland and see the whole exchange of e-mails and you might take a different view. Whenever Save Dreamland (and I am not a member or involved) start to attract serious support, Mr Hunter and his PR team come out to IOTG with a rather nasty attack on them. Do you remember February's article? Do you really believe that Mr Hunter and Co at MTCRC care about Margate and other peoples livelihoods in the town.?
Ask him to donate the site in perpetuity to TDC for the benefit of the Town and its citizens like past notable well heeled Victorians and Edwardians have done; our open spaces, parks and hospital started that way? I wonder what response you would get?

James Maskell said...

Does anyone know how much a compulsory purchase on the Dreamland site would approximately cost?

Ive read both the letter from Hunter and the preceding and responding letters from Laister and to be honest, still think the comments are off the mark. Looking at the forum, should Hunter be blamed for thinking the SDC has a campaign against him?

Anonymous said...

Mr Hunter is perhaps clouding the issue as a personal one when it is very real suspicion on Save dreamland's part that the developers as businessmen are playing a waiting game with TDC and the rest of the town to declare a theme park non-viable and then maximise profit with their own plans that will then be nodded through by TDC in despair!
Thats not being personal. Calling him a money grasping git or other rude names would be personal.

Paul Freeman said...

I find it very strange that Mr Hunter seems to believe that the Save Dreamland Campaign is aimed at him personally.

The campaign started before he was personally involved in the site and has always been focused heavily on persuading TDC to retain amusement park usage of the site.

Anonymous said...

Paul, if Mr Hunter can change his firm's name is it not an idea that Save Dreamland changes its name in order to encompass its efforts for an all year round, all weather tourist suite of attractions; I must say that Save Dreamland does conjure up a rather dated image. It may be a one item platform but get into local council elections as well as soon as possible. That should focus minds of the present lot!