Heritage Lottery Fund awards £3m to Dreamland Margate

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Heritage Lottery Fund awards £3m to Dreamland Margate

Postby Nick » 22 Nov 2011, 00:13

Some fantastic news today. We have won a further £3m of grant funding from Heritage Lottery Fund, which now completes the funding for Stage One of the Dreamland Margate project. Work can start on site as soon as the Compulsory Purchase Order is confirmed.

More on the news page, including our new masterplan and an artist's impression of the new Scenic Railway station, designed by Guy Hollaway Architects:

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Postby troy » 22 Nov 2011, 09:05

Coverage in the Guardian.....

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2011/nov/2 ... renovation

and Kent News....

http://www.kentnews.co.uk/news/dreamlan ... _1_1133073

Well done to all involved and let's hope The Scenic is running again soon.
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Postby ripnet » 22 Nov 2011, 09:53

Well done guys - im finally starting to believe that I might once again ride the scenic again ... great news, espectially in the current harsh times...
Cant wait for it...
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Postby EAS » 22 Nov 2011, 10:49

http://www.thisiskent.co.uk/Dreamland-T ... story.html

Wonderful news. Fantastic. Amazing.

Now all that has to happen is the CPO...
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Postby DaveD » 22 Nov 2011, 12:11

Amazing, truly fantastic news.

All these years of hard work and campaigning seem to have finally paid off. Well done Nick - you thanked everyone else but without you my friend, we wouldn't be here now.

A long way to go but what a result, what a real result.

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Postby porterm » 22 Nov 2011, 12:40

I couldn't quite believe my eyes when I just caught this news on facebook. As I commented there and the European Coaster Club's mailing list, I believe we might have been blessed with the Queen's simultaneous visit to the town on 11 November. Truly wonderful news; well done Dave Collard et al for missing out on getting a glimpse of the Queen to safeguard the Scenic's future.

Love the artist's impression of the new station too; very art deco!

Maybe it'll soon be time to offer some assistance, as required (within our skill sets of course).

There may have been quite a few naysayers out there during this long arduous fight but those that have "lived the dream" have prospered eventually. Many thanks to Nick Laister too, whose assistance and knowledge must surely have been invaluable since 2003.

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Postby vince69619 » 22 Nov 2011, 12:41

Well done all, this is wonderful news.

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Postby porf » 22 Nov 2011, 15:13

Excellent news on the final bit of the funding puzzle.

Congratulations to all those who worked on this including Nick, Sarah, Susan and Dave.

Hopefully the last hurdle of the CPO will go our way and the rebuilding can start properly.
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Postby vann98 » 22 Nov 2011, 16:23

This is fantastic news. I was genuinely ecstatic when I read the article. Hopefully the CPO will come an go reasonably quick in the new year.
Well done to everyone responsible in bringing Dreamland back to life!
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Postby Cheryl » 22 Nov 2011, 16:24

:P :D :lol: :lol:

All go Dreamland 2013!

Can't thank all of you enough for all of your hard work and dedication.
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Postby Lou » 22 Nov 2011, 17:53

Fantastic news, thanks to everyone who has worked so hard - what a result!!!!
Shows how a few people can do so much......sheer determination and skill.
Well done.x :wink:
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Postby Gary » 22 Nov 2011, 18:09


A brilliant bit of news!! :D

Well done to all concerned!
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Great news

Postby reggie » 22 Nov 2011, 18:23


I look forward to he Scenic being open again

Congratulations to everyone involved
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Postby Peet » 22 Nov 2011, 19:22

Brilliant news, a huge well done!
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Postby andy » 23 Nov 2011, 14:34

Wonderful news. Brightened up my day no end! A big thank you and well done. I know its been a while but it certainly spurs me on to get down there and see you all again soon.
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