Margate Town Deal pop-up exhibition at Turner Contemporary

Margate Photo Steven Collis

A Margate Town Deal pop-up exhibition will be held on Saturday, February 26 from 10am to 4pm at Turner Contemporary.

Margate was one of 101 places given the opportunity to bid for funding of up to £25 million as part of the government’s £3.6 billion Towns Fund. The fund aims to support urban regeneration, skills development and improved connectivity by giving each place its own Town Deal.

Margate was successful with a £22.2 million allocation.

The agreed projects are:

People can find out more about the Margate Town Deal projects and their desired outcomes at the pop-up event. Feedback and comments will help inform the projects as the teams develop detailed business cases ready for submission to the government in the Spring.

Representatives from the project teams and the Town Deal Board will be available to answer questions. People are encouraged to come along, share ideas and help turn the plans into a reality.

To help manage the number of people visiting, Turner Contemporary is asking all visitors to book a free ticket in advance for an allocated time slot.

Chair of the Margate Town Deal Board, Brian Horton said: “Working closely with the people of Margate and its many businesses is key to unlocking the town’s potential. We want to create opportunities that have a positive impact and benefit the wider community.

“This is such an exciting time for Margate and I would urge everyone to book a ticket and take part in this conversation about the town’s future. Your feedback and opinions will help shape the business cases that are being developed. By working together, we can ensure that Margate has a bright future and thrives 365 days a year.”

Clarrie Wallis, Director of Turner Contemporary and fellow Town Deal Board member added: “We are delighted to be hosting the Margate Town Deal Community Exhibition. The early plans on display will go a long way toward helping people understand the huge opportunities that the Town Deal funding will bring and how it will attract future investment and transform the area for years to come.”

Funding is subject to final approval by government later this year.
Learn more about the Margate Town Deal by visiting:


  1. Go along and give feedback on the decision to give Dreamland £4m. I’m sure they will be very open to feedback on that.

      • I agree. £300k won’t even touch the sides at Winter Gardens. Expect lots and lots of consultants’ reports highlighting astronomical amounts of money needed to make the venue fit for the 21st century.

  2. The fact that dreamland is still getting 4 million despite it being up for sale is madness. So at the moment the owners are receiving 4 million on something they dont want to own.

    I am missing something ?

    • And they were using the £4m grant as a selling point to attract interest from buyers in their sales material.

      It stinks.

  3. The Dreamland grant should be stopped now they are selling up. That money could be used elsewhere where it will do good for the town. This is corrupt giving public money to a private business that is for sale.
    Only £300,000 for the Winter Gardens and £2,000,000 for the Theatre Royal !!
    Half million for the Oval, now a private company!
    Come on, who was involved with where the funding is going and can they explain it all? There was a public consultation and the people of Margate had much more than this on the plan.

    • It really is unbelievable!
      What on earth are they handing the GRASS group £500,000 for?
      TDC already gifted this small group FREEHOLD a prime 4 acre site, with a bandstand that is only 15 years old, a kiosk not much older for WHAT?
      No community group should have been given that prime site. TDC should have maintained it for all groups to use.
      And now this group are Directors Cliftonville CIC, in other words a form of business.
      Will the same thing happen to the Skatepark?
      We have a shelter in Cliftonville, Newgate Gap, that is falling to bits with a wooden box in it and yet the MTDB award the GRASS group £500,00.
      One of this groups Directors CIC serves on the MTDB.
      The poor old Winter Gardens is awarded only £300,000 and the Theatre Royal 1 million and Dreamland 4 million.
      The MTDB have truly ‘lost the plot’
      What it is to have friends in ‘high places’.

      • Who will be in charge of the lift in Cliftonville being refurbished?
        Which group will this be, please don’t tell me it is the GRASS group again?
        Does anybody know?

  4. So £4m given to a privately owned company……Dreamland!!!! Who the hell agrees this? It’s truly scandalous.

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