Grave issue for mum, daughter
Relations unhappy about grass rules
A MOTHER and daughter will make their feelings known at a council meeting today (Thursday) about plans to grass over graves.
Liz Reed, 42, whose father Brian Wallis is buried in the Chalfont St Peter Garden of Rest, plans to go to the Chalfont St Peter Parish Council meeting with 76-year-old mother Ann to discuss plans to grass over a section of the site in Denham Lane.
It is run by the parish council, which is planning to implement ‘laid to lawn’ rules, which it decided on in 2011. The rules mean 85 per cent of each grave plot has to be grass for ease of maintenance, with kerbing around plots banned and a planting area of only 24in x 12in allowed, including space for a headstone.
People with loved ones buried at the site have spoken out about their feelings on the issue, and have said they are prepared to maintain the site themselves. A group of those affected is expected to go to tonight’s meeting.
But the parish council says this will not be possible because an insurance clause prevents the site being maintained by anyone other than the council.
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Mrs Reed said: “We want the parish council to reconsider.
“We’ve explained our situation to them and told them that they would not have to worry about maintenance because we would be happy to do that.
“It will be good to talk to them in person about it, because we have not done that yet. It’s very distressing for us but we are hoping that by going to the meeting, we will be able to make a difference.”
The parish council says the majority of those affected by the rule changes have not complained, and that the changes would still be respectful to those buried there.
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