Taunton MP Rebecca Pow is launching a petition to raise awareness of the urgent repairs needed at the Wellington Monument, which has been fenced off for years because of the risk of falling masonry.
The National Trust has 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.
Helen Sharp, Wellington Monument Project Manager for the National Trust, says "It’s going to take us a little more time to assess these before we can share more detail but we are further forward than we’ve ever been and are feeling positive for the future of the monument."
The Wellington Monument: A Piece of History
The Wellington Monument, on top of the Blackdown Hills, was built as a tribute to the Duke of Wellington.
At 175 feet, it is the tallest three-sided obelisk in the world, and was funded through public subscription.