Wellington Monument’s crumbling decline can be halted says the National Trust – which plans to seek £3m from the Heritage Lottery Fund to cover 75% of the cost of a “full conservation repair”
The Trust has been undertaking detailed survey work on the monument for the last 12 months. But the plans are still subject to some final core sampling of the monument.
“What we need to know more about is the state of the infill between the facing stone and the central core of the Monument – which is actually in good shape,” said NT surveyor Ken Evans.
He told a Wellington town council meeting that the popular lighting of the monument was a real bargain at only about 3p per night for power costs – thanks to LED systems. And the perimeter fence will come down once the Monument is repaired.
‘The challenge is going to be to raise the money,’ said Helen Sharp, the National Trust’s project manager.
‘We are starting to talk to people and organisations who could make a very big difference to securing the money needed for this £4m repair project. Whether the project goes ahead will be dependent on securing major funding and having active support from the local community.”.
If the grant applications and fund-raising succeed , the Trust will aim to start building work in 2018 with a two-year construction period.
The project has the support of local MP Rebecca Pow who says: ‘I am delighted that the National Trust, are moving the project forward thanks to their investment in detailed feasibility studies. It will be challenging and there are many hurdles still to overcome not least securing the funding needed.
‘The recent petition I presented to Parliament was signed by almost two thousand people demonstrating the huge local interest in seeing this much loved and iconic symbol restored.’