Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Dreamland - A Different Angle

Here’s an interesting angle on the Dreamland regeneration story from Thanet District Council:

Pupils from three schools in Margate have presented their own ideas for the future of Dreamland.

Officers from Thanet Council were asked by Kent County Council Education if they would help organise an end of term project for year six pupils, who would be moving to secondary school in September. They wanted to do a topical subject that was of interest to the local community and asked if they could do a project on the future of Dreamland. The pupils were given an introduction to Dreamland by Council Officers and visited parts of the Dreamland site and Arlington Square early in July, then went away to formulate their ideas.  

Pupils from Palm Bay, Holy Trinity and St. Gregory’s presented to the Leader of Thanet Council, Cllr. Sandy Ezekiel and the Mayor of Margate, Cllr. Doug Clark, with ideas including an ice rink, swimming pool, water rides, a go kart track, graffiti wall, spa or paintballing – with the children even suggesting discounts for stag parties! These ideas will be taken into account in future considerations for the site.

Leader of Thanet Council, Cllr. Sandy Ezekiel, said: “It was obvious that the children had worked really hard on their ideas and they had put together some excellent and very creative presentations. It was so useful to hear their thoughts on the future of Dreamland and what they would like to see there. There were certainly some new ideas put forward today and some very creative ones and I’d like to thank the youngsters for taking the time and trouble to do this. The Mayor of Margate and I found the presentations thoroughly enjoyable and I am sure that the children learnt a great deal from this worthwhile project.”

Ed: Yes but will anything actually happen on the site as a result of such new ideas?


Anonymous said...

I doubt it. In one ear & out the other!
This council dosent WANT this area to get ahead.All they are concerned with is their budget. If they can build,collect rents,increase the council tax flow then they will have won. They have mispent so much that they are under pressure to up that budget. They couldnt give a damn about Dreamland or the kids of Thanet. They are just a selfish bunch & should be made accountable for their errors.

Anonymous said...

anon again!

Pray, what were these ideas from Thanet's youngest. IF they are good, I think my next Council Vote will go to them!

With regards to the above 9.43 poster. You are right ofcourse, but you are only repeating what has been known and thrashed about for decades.

Maverick said...

Come on 9.43am thats a bit strong. I don't think there is any incentive for any politician in seeing the area deteriorate the way it is, unless you're implying something totally different. I am sure Sandy would love to have claimed that his policies had transformed Margate. What appears to be the case unfortunately, is that TDC (both Members and officers) just haven't got the necessary skills and aren't able to put together a long term corporate plan using the powers and controls available to them. I sometimes wonder if they actually know what a corporate plan is. Pathetic and incompetent yes, but selfish as you claim, I hope not.