Grave is­sue for mum, daugh­ter

Re­la­tions un­happy about grass rules

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Jack Abell jack.abell@trin­i­tymir­

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.

It’s very dis­tress­ing

for us but we are hop­ing... we will be able to make

a dif­fer­ence”

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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