Anger as fi­nal rest ne­glected


Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Ali­son Bald­ing

GRIEV­ING hus­band Ian Sut­ton is dis­gusted by the state of the grounds at Pine­grove Me­mo­rial Park at Minch­in­bury where his wife Emily is buried.

De­spite be­ing told a large por­tion of the $13,800 he paid for the plot and plaque would go to­wards on­go­ing main­te­nance, he said cer­tain sec­tions were ne­glected.

The sec­tion where Mrs Sut­ton was laid to rest be­came over­grown with ox­alis (clovers), there were muddy track marks from ma­chin­ery driven over plaques, rub­bish bins were left to over­flow, and plaques were grad­u­ally sink­ing into the ground.

“I could have cho­sen a cheaper plot closer to the road, but you think if you choose to buy a bet­ter one they’ll be taken care of but sadly that’s not the case,” Pine­grove. “I’m up­set for my­self, my wife and all of the other fam­i­lies who have loved ones buried there,” he said. “I have raised my con­cerns with them and they don’t seem to care.”

Pine­grove Me­mo­rial Park com­mu­ni­ca­tions man­ager Karl Wolfenden is­sued an apol­ogy when con­tacted by The Stan­dard.

“We sin­cerely and un­re­servedly apol­o­gise to Mr Sut­ton and his fam­ily, that the stan­dard of pre­sen­ta­tion hasn’t met his ex­pec­ta­tions,” Mr Wolfenden said.

He blamed poor weather in April and July for halt­ing some main­te­nance and said clover spray­ing would start this week.

“We would like to re­as­sure the Sut­tons, and the whole com­mu­nity, that main­te­nance is a pri­or­ity ac­tiv­ity which we per­form, sub­ject to the weather,” Mr Wolfenden said.

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