The Lift was closed in 2017 after the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) determined that the installation of a secondary braking system was necessary in order to comply with safety legislation.

Initial estimates to install this put the cost at around £80,000. Following detailed engineering surveys it became clear that the Lift needed considerably more work to bring it back into service safely. Our current best estimate is £750,000, though as components of the Lift are tested in detail, this figure may go up or down.

As the scale of works required has become clearer, our approach to funding has had to evolve. Securing a portion of the Section 106 funding from the development of the seafront by the Folkestone Harbour and Seafront Development Company has provided a big boost (up to £750k in two phases) but is dependent on the development going ahead. To enable us to fully realise our ambitions for the Lift, we are now separately preparing a full Heritage Lottery Fund bid. This is a detailed process, involving significant paperwork, and will take longer than we would like – around two years.

Whilst we have potential financial support, we still need to raise money to start work and to demonstrate community support and a longer term sustainable plan.

Our goal is two-fold – to get the lift back into operation and, in the future, deliver something even more fabulous to Folkestone, which will be an iconic feature, much loved for generations to come.

Thank you for your support!