Laid to lawn pol­icy un­known from start

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - OPINION -

Re: ‘Cor­rect pro­ce­dures have been fol­lowed’ (Let­ters page, Ad­ver­tiser, Oc­to­ber 16) I WOULD like to com­ment on the Chal­font St Peter Parish Coun­cil let­ter in your pa­per of Oc­to­ber 16.

I buried my hus­band in the Gar­den of Rest in Novem­ber 2013.

I was not no­ti­fied of the ‘laid to lawn’ pol­icy when I pur­chased the right to a burial.

I only found out about this in Fe­bru­ary this year when I was told by a mem­ber of another fam­ily.

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Coun­cil­lor [Linda] Smith says that we are now ask­ing the coun­cil to vary the reg­u­la­tions on in­di­vid­ual plots, yet their reg­u­la­tions state that ‘the Gar­den of Rest will not be re­spon­si­ble for in­di­vid­ual graves and this will be the re­spon­si­bil­ity of the deed owner’. Is that not me?

She com­ments that all pur­chasers were made aware of the reg­u­la­tions, but this is in­cor­rect.

I was not made aware of the reg­u­la­tions when I spoke to a mem­ber of the coun­cil at the time of pur­chas­ing the plot and I in­formed her of this when I had my meet­ing with her and the clerk.

I did not re­ceive a copy of their ‘deed’ un­til I wrote to them about my fears of the laid to lawn pol­icy in Fe­bru­ary 2014 – three months after I buried my hus­band.

I also re­ceived a let­ter that if I did not abide by their rules and reg­u­la­tions then a full re­fund would be of­fered if I wished to ex­hume my hus­band!

In relation to the reg­u­la­tions that we are al­lowed to plant for a pe­riod of 12 months un­til the ground set­tles – this is con­tra­dic­tory as there are still some plots with flow­ers planted on some three years later.

When I went to visit the area it was look­ing beau­ti­ful and well cared for.

This is what I thought I would be get­ting for my hus­band not a grassed over area with only 24 inches of plant­ing area al­lowed.

SALLY GOMME Fleet­wood Close Chal­font St Giles


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