Time to be more proac­tive with our big de­ci­sions

Kent Messenger Maidstone - - FRONT PAGE -

Plans to re­open the chapel at Maid­stone Ceme­tery have now been re­vealed - and not be­fore time.

The Grade II-listed build­ing has been out of ac­tion for 12 years, with many fam­i­lies left frus­trated at be­ing un­able to hold the kind of ser­vice they would want for their de­parted loved ones since 2006.

In­deed, it be­came some­thing of a fam­ily tra­di­tion for many who have lived in the town for decades.

We all know coun­cil bud­gets are be­ing squeezed harder than ever be­fore, and bosses are hav­ing to make difficult de­ci­sions in terms of pri­ori­tis­ing where to spend their dwin­dling re­sources.

And plough­ing hun­dreds of thou­sands of pounds into giv­ing a build­ing a bit of a facelift might not be the eas­i­est sell when there are other key is­sues in des­per­ate need of fund­ing.

How­ever, this is some­where that is dear to so many peo­ple’s hearts, and coun­cil­lors at a re­cent com­mit­tee meet­ing were unan­i­mous in sound­ing their en­thu­si­asm to see the chapel re­stored to its for­mer glory.

Fur­ther­more, one pointed out that the cost of the re­pairs is likely far more to­day than it would have been so many years ago, due to the amount of rot and de­cay that has set in, mean­ing the restora­tion process is now more com­plex.

So of­ten in life it is easy to sit on things for a while, de­fer mak­ing a de­ci­sion, ‘stick it on the lat­er­base’ - I’m sure we’ve all been guilty of that from time to time.

Per­haps this is as good an ex­am­ple as any that we all need to be more proac­tive about what we do, rather than wait un­til the last minute and have to fran­ti­cally scram­ble around to find a so­lu­tion.

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