‘Nowhere left to turn’
Bereaved families’ anger at cemetery upkeep
A ROW between grieving families and a parish council has erupted over grass-cutting at a cemetery.
Bereaved relatives say they would much rather maintain graves themselves, but feel as if they have been ignored by the council and now have ‘nowhere left to turn’.
An argument arose last year over new grave rules put in place by Chalfont St Peter Parish Council which stated graves in K Section of The Garden of Rest, Denham Lane, must be mainly grassed over.
But recent attempts to trim the grass near plots and headstones have resulted in angry complaints and petitions from bereaved family members who feel current efforts are not good enough.
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‘DISGUSTED’: Bereaved families who have complained to the parish council about their grave maintenance policy at the Garden of Rest in Chalfont St Peter, right been mowed over, with proper grave?” She doesn’t graves being left with continued: “We had a me.” tramlines over them and petition of over 400 Mrs Fisher, who was in tufts of lawn around the signatures and the council dispute with the parish headstones. wouldn’t accept it because council last year after
Sally Gomme, whose they said some of them ornaments she left on her husband, Paul, is buried were out of the area.” son’s grave were taken in the cemetery, said: “I Mrs Gomme said the away said: “I’m absolutely don’t know where to go problem has also started disgusted with the parish now or who to speak to. affecting her young council.”
“I don’t know how to grandchildren. Chalfont St Peter Parish stop this. Effectively I’m Karen Fisher, who has Council chairman, Linda still going to be a son, Barry, also buried Smith, argued that a laid maintaining it so why in Section K, said: “I just to lawn policy was can’t I maintain it as a don’t understand it, it adopted in Section K a
to number of years ago which families would have known when purchasing a burial plot.
The parish council confirmed grass gets cut across the whole burial ground every two weeks and strimming around headstones in Section K occurs every four weeks, as opposed to the rest of the burial ground which gets strimmed every six weeks, weather and growth dependent.
Mrs Smith argues tramlines are a natural part of cutting grass with a lawn mower.
She said: “I don’t think the parish council are doing anything wrong.”
She added: “We’re not being heartless, we’re being as careful as we can.
“We have all lost loved ones and we do know what it’s like.”