People are getting a chance to have their say on the Future of Wellington's Green Corridor at a pop-up shop in Fore Street opened by the town council.

It follows the transfer to the town council of 62.5 acres of open land next to the Tonedale Mill complex, connecting Tonedale, Rockwell Green and Wellington.

The land was bought by Somerset West and Taunton Council using Community Infrastructure Levy funds. It has been transferred to Wellington Town Council on a 150-year lease along with Fox’s Field, which was acquired by SWT in January 2021 following its designation as an Asset of Community Value.

Wellington Mayor Mark Lithgow said: "I am delighted that the Town Council now has responsibility for this land. We recognise the importance of ensuring that the community is able to have its say in what they would like to see happen with the land which is why we are holding this consultation.

"Over the next couple of weeks Town Council staff will be available to answer any questions people may have and we will also be joined by colleagues from Transition Town Wellington, Wellington Community Food and the Wellington and District Sports Federation who will be able to share the plans."

Town clerk Dave Farrow and Mayor Mark Lithgow at the consultation shop
Town clerk Dave Farrow and Mayor Mark Lithgow at the consultation shop (Wellington Town Council)

The town council will manage the land and work with local community groups on future uses and the development of the green space into a community asset. It has established an Advisory Board of local interested community groups and is holding a community consultation over the development of a long-term strategy and management plan for the land.

Town Clerk Dave Farrow said: "We have already had a strong response to the online survey and if people would prefer to fill a paper copy in they can do that at the Pop Up Shop.

"We will be here until the 17 February weekdays from 10am – 3pm and Saturdays from 10am – 2pm."