One can’t get away from the fact that much of Margate’s prosperity is dependant on the Dreamland site and the quality of the tourist attractions there. While there is hope that some sort of arts led regeneration will eventually lead somewhere positive I don’t think anyone would argue against a short-term solution.
As far as I can see with the present economic downturn it is highly unlikely that the Dreamland site will be put to any use during the next year and once again I am writing to senior councillors and council officers asking them to negotiate with the sites owners for temporary use this coming summer season as a fun fair.
I would think that the council ought to be able to negotiate the short-term loan of the site, it should then be possible for the council to offer ride operators reduced site rentals in lieu of free tickets to promote the venture.
With the economic downturn and the value of the pound it looks as though a great many people will be holidaying in the UK this year, here in Thanet we ought to be trying to take advantage of this situation by looking for advantages that can be gained from the recession.