Anger as final rest neglected
WIDOWER UPSET OVER GROUND MAINTENANCE
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.