Spruce up for his­toric ceme­tery

The Tribune (NZ) - - NEWS - KIRSTY LAWRENCE

For 20 years, calls to clean up the di­lap­i­dated his­toric Ter­race End Ceme­tery have gone un­heeded.

Now the Palmer­ston North City Coun­cil has set aside an ex­tra $10,000 to­wards restor­ing the last rest­ing place of many an early ci­ti­zen.

As there are of­ten no longer any fam­ily mem­bers to take care of the grave sites, and it is no longer an ac­tive ceme­tery, many have fallen into dis­re­pair. Oth­ers have been van­dalised.

Un­der cur­rent reg­u­la­tions the coun­cil is not al­lowed to touch fam­ily owned plots or do any work on them with­out fam­ily con­sent.

Ef­forts by coun­cil staff to lo­cate fam­ily mem­bers about the sites have proved dif­fi­cult, ac­cord­ing to City Coun­cil parks and prop­erty man­ager John Brenk­ley.

A cur­rent re­view of the Burial and Cre­ma­tion Act 1964 could al­low coun­cils to take over the up­keep of dam­aged plots.

John says the ex­tra funds mean more time could be put into the ceme­tery, which was opened in 1875, but it did not mean all aspects of the ceme­tery would be able to be fixed as work on head­stones was of­ten dif­fi­cult and ex­pen­sive to un­der­take.

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