Parish council has no compassion
RE: ‘Mum wants cemetery rules publicised more’ (Advertiser, page 5, December 18)
In your article about new regulations at the Garden of Rest in Chalfont St Peter – which photo do readers prefer? The one with beautiful flowers or the grassed one which looks so bare?
Chalfont St Peter Parish Council (PC) states only three people are objecting to the ‘new policy’ – this is incorrect, otherwise there would not have been more than 30 people at its meeting in September but the PC would not discuss the issue as it was not on its agenda. It was in October, but again the council would not discuss it. Relatives are emotionally exhausted dealing with a PC which has no compassion.
Has it written to each plot owner to ask what they would prefer? No, and it must know people are not happy with its decision by the petition with nearly 500 signatures, which it chose to ignore.
When the PC decided to grass over graves it did not take into account people’s feelings – the decision was based on costs even though we have offered to look after the plot to save funds – the excuse is health and safety. The PC does not have an ombudsman so who do we complain to about it?
It is not right that it is purely done through the ballot box! A sign has gone up stating “please do not walk over the graves” yet the PC is allowing a sit-on lawnmower over them. How are people supposed to know where they end now they merge into the grass?
All we ask is the PC lets us tend our loved ones’ graves.
We were not even allowed to plant a Christmas tree this year on a planting area given to us by the PC!
SALLY GOMME Fleetwood Close Chalfont St Giles