Coun­cil’s mak­ing griev­ing harder

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - OPINION -

Open let­ter to Chal­font St Peter Parish Coun­cil, RE: ‘Ral­ly­ing call on grave changes’ (page 3, Ad­ver­tiser, Oc­to­ber 9) I JUST wanted to say how dis­ap­pointed I am that you have come to this con­clu­sion.

De­spite the re­quests at the pub­lic meet­ing on Thurs­day, Septem­ber 25, pe­ti­tions of more than 470 sig­na­tures op­pos­ing your plans, on­go­ing de­tailed cor­re­spon­dence, both pri­vate and pub­licly ac­knowl­edged in the lo­cal press, attendance at a meet­ing with coun­cil­lor Smith and Mrs Evans on Tues­day, Oc­to­ber 7 and my mother’s attendance at your ex­tra­or­di­nary meet­ing on Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 10 at which she re­it­er­ated our plea, my fam­ily’s re­quests for a com­pro­mise to al­low us to con­tinue tend­ing to my fa­ther’s grave have been de­clined.

I am dis­mayed and dis­heart­ened that you have not at­tempted to meet one bit of the com­pro­mise that we re­quested, de­spite our sim­ple, ra­tio­nal, rea­son­able and clear pleas.

You have been de­ter­mined to stick to a reg­u­la­tion passed in 2011 which is ir­rel­e­vant to the present sit­u­a­tion.

I have cer­tainly been en­light­ened to the nar­row-mind­ed­ness and tun­nel vi­sion of Chal­font St Peter Parish Coun­cil.

At the very least, I ex­pect you to up­date your records dis­played at the Gar­den of Rest to ac­knowl­edge where my fa­ther is ‘laid to rest’. This has not been up­dated since his death in April 2013. I think this is the very least you can do.

I do not ex­pect a re­sponse to this let­ter. You have cer­tainly made my fam­ily’s griev­ing process an aw­ful lot harder.

EL­IZ­A­BETH REED

Ox­ford­shire

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