Hopes raised for vintage beach lift

The historic Cabin Lift in North Shore.
The historic Cabin Lift in North Shore.
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A LISTED building is set for a revamp, triggering hopes it could eventually be brought back into use.

Funding totalling £11,000 has been set aside for repairs to be made to the art deco Cabin Lift on Queens Promenade which was given Grade 2 listed building status in 2010.

The cash includes £8,000 from the ward budget of Warbreck councillors Joyce Delves and Tony Brown, and £3,000 from the Beacon Area Panel.

It will be used to fund repairs to the roof but there are hopes the move could eventually see the lift itself restored.

Coun Brown said: “Because the lift is now a listed building, it has to be repaired with original materials.

“Rather than allow the building to deteriorate and bring the amenities in that area to a lower level, we felt it was better to spend this money so people could be proud of the building.

“It will be used to repair the roof of the edifice itself.”

Chairman of Blackpool Civic Trust Elaine Smith welcomed the cash injection.

She said: “It is good news this money is being put into repairs to the building.

“The fact the cabin lift is now listed means it can be brought up to scratch again.

“I don’t know if it will ever be possible to get the lift working again, but repairing the roof and the building is a step in the right direction towards perhaps achieving that one day.

“It would be great to see it working because it would be an amenity for that part of North Shore.”

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The Cabin Lift was built in 1930 to a design by John Charles Robinson who at the time was the Blackpool borough surveyor.

Its purpose was to carry passengers via two lifts between the upper Promenade tram stop and the lower Promenade walkway, artificial cliffs and former boating pool.

It gained its listed building status after campaigner Phil Smith successfully applied to English Heritage.

The lift closed in 1979 and there have been several campaigns to try and get it restored to its former glory but in 1981 councillors were advised it would cost £250,000 to repair.

Coun Brown added: “I think it would probably cost too much to get the lift working again.”

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