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Season opening delayed for historic cliff lift

The opening of the Fisherman’s Walk cliff lift has been delayed this Spring in order to carry out urgent repairs.


The lift which was due to reopen this month has been delayed for a further 7 weeks following serious mechanical problems found during an inspection of the gearbox  as part of the routine maintenance checks.


Due to the design and age of the cliff lift, which is more than 70 years old specialist equipment will need to be brought in so that the vital repairs can be made.


Chris Saunders, Seafront & Business Development Manager for Leisure Services said: “It is unfortunate that there will be a further delay to the opening of the cliff lift. However, due to the age of the machinery and the special tools required to make the repairs this is unavoidable. We have to ensure that this historic and important facility is repaired to full working order so that it can continue to be used and enjoyed for years to come.”


“We are working as quickly as possible to make these repairs with the aim to re-open the lift in June. Other options have been explored and we are confident this is the quickest and most cost effective way forward.


Signage will be in place informing members of the public of the closure and directions displayed for alternative routes down to the seafront.


The West Cliff and East cliff lifts will be open as normal as will all the outlets in the Fishermans Walk area.


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