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Dreamland campaign is stepped up
Dreamland theme park
Dreamland theme park opened in Margate in the 1920s
More than 350 objections have been submitted to a council over its planned policy on a threatened theme park, campaigners in Kent have said.

Thanet District Council said Margate's Dreamland could be redeveloped if a more suitable leisure option comes up.

If not, the council said the site should remain as a pleasure park.

Friday was the final day for comments to be made on the council's Local Plan, which includes its proposals for the future of Dreamland.

The Save Dreamland Campaign opposes the possibility of redevelopment.

Campaigners took to the streets of Margate and Ramsgate over the past three weekends, trying to raise awareness about their objections.

'Almost unanimous support'

Save Dreamland's Sarah Vickery said: "This is the third consultation to feature Dreamland's future and we got out there because we feared consultation fatigue had set in and we wanted to engage people in the process.

"I am really heartened by the response we received over the three weekends.

"Of the people we spoke to, which basically represented a random selection of the Thanet public, we found almost unanimous support."

Thanet council's Local Plan would allow for alternative leisure-related developments at Dreamland, which does not entirely follow a government inspector's recommendation that it should continue to be a fun park.

Dreamland is home to the UK's oldest rollercoaster, the 86-year-old listed Scenic Railway.

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