Spinnaker Tower lift’s fate due to be sealed by council today

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PORTSMOUTH City Council was today due to finally seal the fate of the glass lift at the Spinnaker Tower.

The city’s leading cabinet members have already decided to accept recommendations to remove the lift, which has not been deemed safe for use since the tower’s opening day on October 18, 2005.

But the final decision comes down to the city’s full council, which was meeting today to discuss the issue.

Cllr Mike Hancock said: ‘The cabinet has decided the lift should be removed, following the advice of the officers in charge, but all decisions about the tower must go before the council, so it will be decided there.’

Yesterday’s cabinet meeting held the tower discussions behind closed doors, but The News reported last month that the lift was to be removed.

The glass lift was designed to travel up the outside of the tower, offering views of the city as it rose.

It works, but its functionality is rated at only 99 per cent – meaning it would be expected to get stuck at least twice a day.

Its problems became clear when in the run-up to its opening, the elevator jammed twice in two weeks.

It’s understood there will be no cost to the council for the lift’s removal.