Taunton Deane MP Rebecca Pow has launched a petition to raise awareness of the urgent repairs needed to preserve the Wellington Monument which has been fenced off for years due to the risk of falling masonry.
The National Trust who own the monument have spent the past twelve months doing detailed survey work to try to find out what is causing the structure to deteriorate. It is now working through the feasibility of the various repair options.
The Monument was built as a tribute to the Duke of Wellington for his remarkable success at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815. At 175 feet, it is the tallest three-sided obelisk in the world.
Commenting on her campaign, Rebecca said; “Demonstrating the greatest possible support for restoring the Wellington monument is key to making the strongest case to government and potential funders for this restoration project. To this end I am delighted to have launched my petition and I urge as many people as possible to sign it.
“There are a plethora of reasons why we should restore this much-loved local feature for future generations. It’s a wonderful beacon in the area, in a beautiful location enjoyed by thousands; it is a fitting accolade to one of our 3 greatest war heroes, the Duke of Wellington, commemorating his success at the Battle of Waterloo; it is of international architectural significance and is an iconic landmark signalling the gateway to the wider South West and memorable to millions of travellers using the M5. On all these grounds I am sure you will agree the Monument needs restoring!”
Wellington residents have received information regarding the petition and been given an opportunity to add their names to it.