Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Kent Online reports that the "Save Dreamland Campaign" say its vision for a heritage amusement park based around the historic Scenic Railway is a world’s first.

The group has met with Thanet council and the Margate Renewal Partnership to develop the concept that would include some of the remaining examples of Britain’s amusement park heritage.

The listed cinema building would also be brought back into use with rides, shows, bars, restaurants and an amusement park/seaside heritage museum.

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7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Oh well, its a case of get what you can from the ashes. Waterbridge advertises its proposals in The Thanet Times and what do we have? Hundreds of houses (both schemes)and a gesture!
I can see the advertisements already " come and have a ride on a rickety old rollercoaster and visit our hertage collection of old funfair rides" Is this what the Planning Inspector meant when he said to TDC that the Dreamland site was pivotal to Margate and should be preserved for a top class visitor attraction? So we get a load of junk surrounded by houses; great! Let's face facts; Waterbridge has always wanted to fill this site with houses and that's what it's going to get. If Westwood goes ahead as planned do we need another 500+ houses on Dreamland?

tony flaig bignews said...

Its seems a bit weak for the Dreamland Campaign group to be apparently backing this heritage plan which will surely become know as Phase 2 in about 5 or 6 years once the first they have completed the Housing shown on the plan.

Anonymous said...

Has the Save Dreamland Campaign been 'wooed'by Waterbridge? It seems that 'once you sup with the Devil.....'

Michael Child said...

Buy a big funfair as a going concern, probably for not a great deal more than the value of the rides, sell all the best rides to recoup most of your outlay, tell the local council that the funfair is no longer viable (this couldn’t be anything to do with the fact all the best rides have gone) and you want panning permission for mixed residential and business. So the plot of land that was worth very little because funfairs make very little is then worth millions of pounds. Unless local and national government make it very clear that the shops an leisure facilities in our towns stay shops and leisure facilities then the value of all the land and buildings equates to the spiralling value of residential meaning that the only non residential buildings and land in the town have to return a very high profit. Bars, restaurants, estate agents, takeaways leading the way. We all have to drive for leisure and shopping damaging the environment, if the planning authorities can’t stop this is there any point in having them?

James Maskell said...

My understanding was that before they could go for housing, they would have to show that a theme park wasnt viable. Has any such document showing this appeared yet?

I know which plans I support. We need it to be a theme park first and foremost, not a residential site.

Anonymous said...

James, if I remember accurately, 12 months ago you were supporting TDC's Option C?; enthusing about the wheel? Mr Webb did his job well last year to show that a theme park was not viable with the pathetic set up for Dreamland site. I hope you are successful tomorrow in Salmestone and then you can give this issue urgent attention. Just be careful what you record/say as this will preclude you from involvement in Council debate!

James Maskell said...

Well, thats less of a problem now!