RACHEL GILMOUR has pledged to support the renovation and repair of a Somerset landmark.  She visited the Dulverton Weir and Leat network in Dulverton, which fell into disrepair, with its future in the hands of the Dulverton Weir & Leat Conservation Trust.

She toured the medieval system with Philip Hull, Chair of the Trust, and Rob Jones, former Lib Dem Somerset Council candidate for Exmoor.

Mrs Gilmour says: “This is one of the best preserved urban watermill landscapes of medieval origin in England. The Trust has worked very hard for many years to preserve and improve this historic asset in the middle of Dulverton.

“Few people know that Dulverton was an industrial hub, prior to the introduction of coal powered mills. The bottom end of the town was a hive of water mills used for corn, making paper and even silk.

“If elected on July 4th, I have pledged to support the renovation and repair of this extraordinary heritage asset. It was a precursor of our modern renewable energy methods. It’s important that we learn from the past as we look to a low carbon future.”

Image: Dulverton weir courtesy Dulverton Weir & Leat Conservation Trust.

Promoted by David Wulff on behalf of Rachel Gilmour (Liberal Democrats) both at 8-9 Mountbatten Road, Tiverton, EX16 6SW.

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