HUNDREDS of people turned out to a consultation event over the future of historically important buildings.

Wellington Mills Community Interest Company held the informative session at Tonedale Mill for people to view and discuss plans for the buildings.

People gathered to view display boards from Thread, an architectural practice, which outlined possible uses for the disused factory buildings.

Visitors also shared their own ideas and indicated which sections of the buildings should be prioritised.

PLANS: Some of the ideas from residents who attended the event

Box Fox, on of the directors of the group, said: “It was so busy that half an hour after the doors opened we were having to ask people to wait a few minutes to let others leave before they went in.

“We’re incredibly grateful to Reminiscence Learning who loaned us the former Fox Bros boardroom to use for the displays."

The feedback will now be evaluated by the CIC across the coming weeks, but it was made clear that any regeneration of the 11-acre factory site should address parking problems in the area.

BRIGHT FUTURE: Visitors at the consultation event

Representatives from Historic England, which is currently funding some urgent preventative work on several Listed buildings at Tonedale, Taunton Deane Borough Council and Wellington Town Council attended the event.

SUPPORT: Mayor of Wellington, Cllr Gary James with TDBC leader Cllr John Williams

Cllr John Williams, leader of TDBC, said: “I’ve seen the tremendous interest shown by the people of Wellington in the Consultation Day.

“This is an incredible initiative and the CIC is well worthy of support.

“As a council we look forward to working with them in the future to progress the regeneration of this incredible old woollen mill and preserved the buildings for future generations. “

People who couldn’t attend the event will be able to share their comments and ideas at