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Expert's plans for Dreamland site
Dreamland Theme Park
Campaigners have fought to save the park from closure for some time
A top international theme park designer has come up with a plan which could transform Margate's former Dreamland amusement park to its former glory.

Dreamland, which opened in the 1920s, was sold to a developer over the winter but is due to stay open during 2005.

The Save Dreamland Campaign has fought to keep the park open permanently, in particular focusing on the listed Scenic Railway rollercoaster.

New plans for the site are based on the designs of Jean-Marc Toussaint.

'Jumped at chance'

Paris-based Mr Toussaint has previously worked on French tourist attraction Parc Asterix and Admiral Vrungel's Adventure Park in Russia.

His vision for the Margate seafront site - titled "I Dream of Dreamland" would see the park feature nearly 60 attractions, among them more than 30 rides, including the Scenic Railway.

Campaign leader Nick Laister said: "We have known for some time that there is serious interest from established theme park operators in acquiring Dreamland and investing in the park.

Dreamland's Scenic Railway
The Scenic Railway at Dreamland has listed status

"When Jean-Marc Toussaint offered to create a concept plan for Dreamland, to show what this park could be like should it be acquired by one of the interested theme park operators, we jumped at the chance.

"We think his plans for Dreamland is fantastic and we quickly adopted it as our vision."

Mr Toussaint said: "I really fell in love with the park when I first visited it five years ago.

"Despite its worn-out carnival look, I immediately saw the potential in its excellent location by the seafront."

Earlier this month it was revealed former owner Jimmy Godden had sold the Dreamland site to the Margate Town Centre Regeneration Company for a reported 20m.

The group's chairman, Toby Hunter, said: "It is going to be a fantastic mix of leisure, restaurants, retail and accommodation."

The park is due to stay open during the summer season of 2005, but Mr Hunter said the company envisaged submitting a planning application for the site in 2006 with development earmarked for 2007.

The Save Dreamland Campaign members have called for Thanet District Council to rule the site has to remain as an amusement park and said they would be giving copies of their new plan to the council for consideration.

Dreamland closes its doors
02 Nov 03 |  Kent


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