The petition calling for work to begin on the restoration of Wellington Monument has received a significant boost this month with the support and signature of the 9th Duke of Wellington, Charles Wellesley. The petition has been instigated by Taunton Deane MP Rebecca Pow.
There’s just one week remaining for those who wish to add their names to the petition which can be signed in the offices of the Somerset County Gazette in Taunton, The Wellington Weekly in Wellington or in Rebecca’s Constituency office, Masons House, Magdalene Street, Taunton.
The monument is the tallest three-sided structure in the world and was built to commemorate the 1st Duke of Wellington’s victory over Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815. The bicentenary of the battle passed last year when it was hoped that tangible progress would have been made towards its renovation.
The monument is owned by the National Trust who have carried out significant investigative work to establish the causes of the deterioration of the stonework and determine the best way forward for its preservation. Securing the considerable funding needed to begin restoration requires the local community’s involvement and support, hence Rebecca Pow’s petition.
It has been closed to the public since 2007 when deterioration in the masonry caused concerns for the public’s safety. Up until then, visitors been able to climb the 232 steps to the summit for spectacular views across Wellington and the Vale of Taunton. It had also been spotlit at night.
Despite being fenced off the monument still receives thousands of visitors each year and is a noted landmark for those travelling through the south west peninsular.
The deadline to sign the petition is Friday 15 July and it will then be presented to parliament by Rebecca Pow on 20 July.