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MP launches petition to repair Wellington Monument

Surveyors examine Wellington Monument Image copyright NT/Fran Stothard
Image caption The National Trust has spent the past year doing detailed survey work on the "deteriorating structure"

An MP's petition to raise awareness of a deteriorating Somerset monument is being supported by the National Trust.

MP Rebecca Pow urged people to support a move to restore the Wellington Monument, saying it could have an impact on the government.

The world's tallest three-sided obelisk, standing at 75ft, was built as a tribute to the Duke of Wellington.

It was recently fenced off due to falling stone debris posing a risk to the public.

The National Trust said it was looking at several repair options.

Image copyright NT/Fran Stothard
Image caption The monument is said to be the world's tallest three-sided obelisk

Conservative MP for Taunton Deane Ms Pow said: "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 and is enjoyed by thousands..."

Image copyright NT/Fran Stothard
Image caption The monument was built as a tribute to the Duke of Wellington after his victory at the Battle of Waterloo

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