‘Apol­o­gise over lost memo­ri­als’

Huddersfield Daily Examiner - - FRONT PAGE -

im­prove­ments to the cre­ma­to­rium grounds.

How­ever whilst the coun­cil says it wrote al­most two years ago to all the peo­ple it had on its records to ad­vise them that their kerb plaque lease was due to ex­pire, some may have been over­looked.

Those who were con­tacted were told that the kerb plaques - or memo­ri­als - would be kept for three months.

But Mr Wike, of Fe­nay Bridge, says the work was not due to take place un­til next May, and that the lease on his fa­ther’s me­mo­rial still has sev­eral months to run.

“All it would have taken was a bit of ad­min - a let­ter or a phone call. But how they’ve gone about it is to­tally dis­re­spect­ful.

“If we could get the stone back, that would be great. That stone has had many faces in front of it. Peo­ple don’t seem to un­der­stand how im­por­tant it is.”

Mr Wike says he and his mother, who lives in Kirkheaton, spent 45 min­utes scour­ing the stones for his fa­ther’s me­mo­rial, some of which were dam­aged and scratched.

“Other peo­ple had been there be­fore us. The stone weren’t in any or­der. You are not go­ing to pick them up and throw them around.

“But some were dam­aged, and need­lessly. The mor­tar that they sat on was very old. You could have knocked them off with a tof­fee ham­mer.

“In­stead they have smashed them off. Why?

“It was a spe­cial day for us, but we walked up there to noth­ing.”

On Mon­day a spokesman for Kirklees Coun­cil said: “We are mak­ing im­prove­ments to the area and we con­tacted all the peo­ple on our records as their kerb plaque leases came up - in this case in Jan­uary 2017 - to let them know about the plans, that their kerb plaque lease was due to ex­pire, and give the op­tion of buy­ing a new lease.

“In the same let­ter, we told peo­ple that we would keep their plaques for three months, how­ever in re­al­ity we have kept them much longer. I fully ap­pre­ci­ate how dis­tress­ing this can be for fam­i­lies, and we have at­tempted to con­tact all of the fam­i­lies we have records for to try to come to a suit­able so­lu­tion.

“In this case we wrote to the Ogilvie fam­ily through the con­tact name we had, with the aim of avoid­ing a sit­u­a­tion like this, which we re­gret.”

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