After scaffolding is erected at Folkestone Leas Lift, is renovation work about to begin?

Contributed by editor on Jan 12, 2019 - 02:50 PM



By Ray Duff

After being left unused for nearly two years, scaffolding has been erected at the top of Folkestone's Grade II* listed Leas Lift ahead of the start of likely new renovation work.

It is understood, new operators, the Folkestone Leas Lift Company are hoping to submit a planning application to the Folkestone and Hythe District Council later in January to facilitate the work required.

The scaffolding at the top of the Lift  Photo: Ray Duff

The scaffolding is to ensure that the work is carried out both safely and securely.

In 2018, the group reportedly received a boost by being pledged £500,000 by the Folkestone Harbour Company and Seafront Development Company, towards getting the Lift re-opened and running.

The Leas Lift Company is also currently raising funding to help re-open the lift.

It is hoped that the renovations, which will include the Health & Safety Executive stipulated secondary brake, possibly new cables and more will happen as quickly as possible so that people can once again enjoy a ride on one of the town's, and indeed Kent's, most precious heritage attractions.

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