Thanet Council's plans to create a multi-million pound heritage amusement park have come under attack at the High Court.
A mother and five children were trapped on the first floor of a house in Vicarage Place, Margate after a fire started on the ground floor.
Thanet District Council has put a compulsory purchase order on Margate's Dreamland theme park - promising to reopen the attraction.
A family from Kent say they face being made homeless for Christmas after the local council changed its housing rules. Marc Lawrence, his wife and 4 children were found a home by Thanet Council a year ago. But now the landlord wants to evict them and the council says they can't re-home them.
David Johns explains.
For the first time in seven years Margate's Dreamland Amusement Park has welcomed visitors. They were able to look around the site - home of the historic scenic railway which was damaged by fire in 2008. The park is due to be restored as part of the town's regeneration.
It's been a Margate landmark for decades. But for the first time in seven years, Dreamland opened its doors to the public today - the latest step in restoring the historic theme park. David Johns was there and spoke to the Dreamland Trust's Nick Laister plus volunteer Raychel Mount.
Video. One of the South East's oldest amusement parks is to get a new lease of life. Much of Dreamland in Margate burnt down five years ago. Since then, the former funfair has been the site of the a bitter fight between developers and the local council.
Today, that battle ended when Thanet Council won the backing of three of the country's top judges to acquire the site. They hope their ownership will rejuvenate the resort, drawing thousands of day-trippers and holiday-makers, just like Dreamland used to do. Sarah Saunders reports.
Thanet District Council plan to spend £10.3 million to rejuvenate the former Dreamland funfair.
The plans include spending £2.2 million on restoring the Scenic Railway roller coaster.
Another £1.7 million will be spent on other new rides.
It claims that the new heritage theme park will draw in 350,000 visitors a year and will create 14 full time jobs and 32 part time and seasonal jobs.
A £3.7 million government grant will also help with the restoration.
Lord Justice Elias decision on turning Dreamland into a new £10m heritage theme park.
– Lord Justice Elias
The need for regeneration for the economic and social benefit of Margate was overwhelming. There were two schemes in play, only one of which was, in the inspector’s view, satisfactory. The proposed development required the whole site; and the CPO was necessary to secure the relevant land because the appellants were not willing to transfer it voluntarily.
Sadly, like many other seaside towns, Margate has lost much of its former glory and is now one of the most deprived areas in South East England.
It is universally recognised that Margate is in urgent need of regeneration.”
The Dreamland Amusement Park in Margate is to get a new life.
Thanet District Council's compulsory purchase of the former park to turn it into a £10m heritage theme park won the backing of three of the country's top judges.
They hope it will rejuvenate the seaside town and hope to draw hundreds of thousands of day-trippers and holiday makers to the Kent resort each year, just like Dreamland used to.
Giving the main ruling, Lord Justice Elias backed the CPO.
The former owners of the site, DreamlandLive, who were formerly known as Margate Town Regeneration Company, had asked the court to quash the CPO, which would have potentially revived their own plans for the site.
Plans to turn Kent's famous derelict seaside funfair, Dreamland, into a heritage theme park have won the go-ahead from the Court of Appeal.
After months of wrangling, the redevelopment of Margate's historic Dreamland site could finally get the go-ahead today as the High Court announces its decision about an appeal by the former owners, Margate Town Centre Management company against a Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO)