Saturday, 3 August 2013

Council step closer to Dreamland

Cabinet members agreed last night (Thursday 1 August) to authorise the making of a General Vesting Declaration (GVD) which will result in the transfer of the Dreamland site to Thanet District Council.
The GVD is the document that 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 of Thanet District Council, 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. Last night’s decision however is 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 has been prepared and sealed this afternoon (Friday 2 August). There is a requirement to notify the owners of the site that the GVD has been made, which will then trigger the start of a 28-day period, after which ownership of the site will vest in the Council.

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