Laid to lawn policy unknown from start
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