Parish coun­cil has no com­pas­sion

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - OPINION -

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

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