Fam­i­lies voice their con­cerns about up­keep at grave­yard

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GRIEV­ING res­i­dents have spo­ken out about the con­di­tion of Pine­grove Me­mo­rial Park, which was blamed on ex­treme weather events.

The Stan­dard re­ported on the “dis­gust” of wi­d­ower Ian Sut­ton (pic­tured) at the state of the site last month af­ter he laid wife Emily to rest in Jan­uary.

De­spite Pine­grove Me­mo­rial Park com­mu­ni­ca­tions man­ager Karl Wolfenden is­su­ing an apol­ogy, more than 80 com­ments were re­ceived on Stan­dard’s Face­book page.

Many also posted photos of their loved ones’ un­kempt or dam­aged graves and shared their sto­ries such as Maria Law­ton, who wrote: “I agree (with Mr Sut­ton), my dad is buried there and I’m for­ever in the of­fice com­plain­ing ...”.

The Stan­dard joined Mr Sut­ton, Mr Wolfenden and Pine­grove’s oper­a­tions man­ager Brian Stow and fam­ily ser­vices man­ager Michael Bridges for a tour of the site last week.

Mr Stow said the site’s drainage sys­tem, in­stalled in the 1960s, has been placed un­der a lot of added pres­sure with two freak weather events this year.

“We are striv­ing to do the best for our fam­i­lies de­spite what mother na­ture keeps throw­ing at us,” Mr Stow said.

He pointed to work that had al­ready be­gun to raise me­mo­rial plaques, in­stall a new drainage sys­tem and re­lay turf.

Mr Sut­ton was not back­ing down from his calls for Pine­grove’s staff to “step up their game”.

“I think I owe my wife, it’s my obli­ga­tion, to see her taken care of,” he said.

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