Published: 16th May 2019

Margate from above. Copyright John Fielding. Flickr. Margate is often heralded as a regeneration success story, but locals who have lived in the town for decades are feeling priced out. Aimée Grant Cumberbatch reports. Like many seaside towns in the UK, Margate was a popular destination, first for wealthy Georgians and Victorians seeking sea-bathing cures, then for holiday-makers from London and the South East, who found sea and sand, if not always sun, practically on their doorstep. With an amusement park, a sea lido and a concert hall, Margate’s appeal was obvious right up until the 1960s and early 70s. But in a now-familiar story, the advent of affordable package holidays to more reliably sunny destinations turned Margate’s fortunes, and many of the once lively guest houses, hotels, and attractions, which provided jobs for local people, closed down. Over the past 10 years this has been … (To read the full article, subscribe below)