Folkestone Leas Lift could be saved by Heritage Lottery Fund bid

A bid for funding is set to be made in attempts to try and save a historic seaside lift.

The future of the Leas Lift, in Lower Sandgate Road, Folkestone, was uncertain earlier this week when the operating company said it was "calling it a day" due to financial difficulties.

The Leas Lift Community Interest Company (LLCIC) took over its running in 2010, but were unable to front £80,000 costs for a new braking system - a task that had to be carried out before March.

The Health and Safety Executive branded the current braking system "unreliable and prone to failure."

But this morning a meeting with interested parties saw a more positive future for the Grade II* listed asset.

MP Damian Collins, leader of Shepway District Council (SDC) Cllr David Monk, Phillip Clapham on behalf of the owners Radnor Estate, Paul Hudson from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Peter Bettley, who represents Roger DeHaan, all met up, along with Terry Begent from the LLCIC.

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