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Dreamland return closer

By Mary Louis
Margate Dreamland cinema
Margate Dreamland cinema

Dreamland is a step closer to returning to Margate as Thanet District Council move forwards in the process.

Cabinet members agreed to authorise the making of a General Vesting Declaration which will result in the transfer of the amusement park’s site to the authority.

The GVD document will enable the council to take final ownership of the area subject to the Compulsory Purchase Order.

The council has received legal advice to continue with the vesting process and not to delay this in light of the forthcoming Court of Appeal hearing.

Leader Cllr Clive Hart said: “We have all shared the aspiration of seeing Dreamland return as part of Margate’s heritage and have all believed in its contribution to the wider regeneration of the district.

“The journey has been long and difficult at times and even now is not over with the current Court of Appeal Hearing due to be heard at the end of September.”

He said the cabinet decision was a significant step towards the council’s goal to acquire the site and to the overall delivery of the project to create a world class visitor destination in Margate.

The GVD was prepared and sealed on Friday.

There is a requirement to notify the owners of the site that the GVD has been made. This will trigger the start of a 28-day period, after which ownership of the site will vest in the council.

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