Families voice their concerns about upkeep at graveyard
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.