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article imagePhoto Essay: The regeneration of the coastal town of Margate Special

By Richard Milnes     Aug 21, 2013 in World
Margate - Margate is considered to be one of the most socially deprived areas of England. It has however been the focus of inward investment in an attempt to reverse the downward spiral of deprivation and is starting to look like it may have potential.
The Turner Contemporary gallery was opened in 2011 and plans are underway to further regenerate the area including the redevelopment of the Dreamland amusement park.
High speed trains from St Pancras International in London can now make the trip to Margate in about one and a half hours.
Margate train station.
Margate train station.
A report by The Centre for Social Justice entitled ‘Turning the Tide’ says that coastal towns across Britain, including Margate are being filled with those on benefits of working age.
The five coastal towns, including Margate, featured in the Centre for Social Justice’s ‘Turning the Tide’ report together have a combined welfare bill of £2 billion for those on benefits of working age.
Margate in Thanet, Kent is attractive to many people on welfare benefits due to the large amount of affordable accommodation in the area, especially bedsits and flats, which the government provides them for free without them having to do any work.
A residential tower
A residential tower
Margate used to be a popular place for Londoners to go on holiday, but then overseas holidays became more affordable. Efforts are being made to attract visitors again. In July Margate hosted a Jamaican festival.
Margate beach.
Margate beach.
Kent Online has reported that Thanet District Council have agreed to authorise the making of a General Vesting Declaration, which will enable the council to take ownership of the Dreamland area subject to a Compulsory Purchase Order.
Dreamland amusement park in Margate.
Dreamland amusement park in Margate.
The northern end of Margate High Street.
The northern end of Margate High Street.
The Turner Contemporary gallery in Margate is on course to welcome its 1 millionth visitor some time in August. The artist Tracey Emin, who was brought up in Margate, officially opened the gallery in April 2011.
The Turner Contemporary gallery in Margate.
The Turner Contemporary gallery in Margate.
Margate Old Town is probably the smartest part of Margate. It is close to the Turner Contemporary gallery.
Margate Old Town.
Margate Old Town.
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