VISITORS to a Wellington beauty spot may soon have to pay for the privilege if they arrive by car.

An application has been submitted by the National Trust to install a pay-and-display machine and signage at Wellington Monument.

It is not known how much people will have to pay to visit the monument by car, however it is suggested on the plans for the new machine the money will help support the location.

The National Trust is currently fundraising for millions of pounds to help restore the monument.

A spokesman for the National Trust said: "We’re introducing the pay and display machines to help us care for Wellington Monument for years to come.

"We previously charged a £1 for parking at the Monument through an honesty box.

"The car park income will help us pay for ongoing repairs and to help keep the site presentable for all. We’ve cared for Wellington Monument since 1931, and was given to the Trust without any funds to care for it. 

"It costs £1,000 per year to empty our dog poo bins and our rangers spend around 200 hours a year litter picking and checking the site.

"All support is much appreciated."

To view the application search 44/19/0011 on Somerset West and Taunton website.

Comments are welcome until August 30.

A decision is expected to be made by September 27.