Many of you will know that since being the local MP, I have championed the restoration of the iconic Wellington Monument. Just a few years ago, it might have seemed an impossible goal, given the £4m cost of the restoration and the challenges involved. However, thanks to tremendous input from a myriad of people, the restoration is complete, and I am thrilled the Monument has opened once again.
It was during my first term in Parliament that I secured the initial £1m from the Libor Fund to launch the restoration project and with the National Trust’s match funding and prioritising the scheme plus additional grants, superb community support and the Duke of Wellington’s keen interest, the restoration progressed. A final injection of funds from the Government’s Cultural Recovery Fund meant that work continued throughout lockdown last year so we can now celebrate this exceptional achievement. Do go and enjoy it!