Council’s making grieving harder
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.