For­mer mayor hits out at con­di­tion of ceme­tery

Macclesfield Express - - YOUR PICTURES -

THE for­mer Mayor of Mac­cles­field has slammed the state of the Gar­dens of Re­mem­brance at Mac­cles­field Ceme­tery and Cre­ma­to­rium, which he says have gone from a ‘beau­ti­ful’ space into a ‘ridicu­lously over­grown’ and ‘in­ac­ces­si­ble’ one.

Lloyd Roberts, also a for­mer coun­cil­lor for Tyther­ing­ton, had his wed­ding photos taken there next to ‘a beau­ti­ful lake filled with wa­ter lilies’ around 20 years ago and says the area is now unrecognisable.

He said: “A gen­tle­man in his eight­ies came all the way from Bux­ton by bus and couldn’t get to the tree by which he had paid to have his wife’s me­mo­rial.”

He added that the dam at the end of the lake had col­lapsed into a pond of sludge and shop­ping trol­leys had been aban­doned there.

He added that a sign ban­ning wood­work or me­tal on me­mo­ri­als was ‘dis­grace­ful’ but said he would be happy just to see the gar­dens fit for pur­pose so peo­ple could visit the site where their loved ones’ ashes were scat­tered.

A Cheshire East Coun­cil spokesper­son said: “There used to be a wall in the ceme­tery that crossed a vale and cre­ated a pond which col­lapsed about seven years ago.

“As a re­sult, the stream that fed the pond ran its own course and, as it me­an­dered, be­gan to un­der­mine the em­bank­ment.

“The coun­cil is in the process of car­ry­ing out work to sta­bilise the em­bank­ment and out­fall and to re­pair the col­lapsed culvert.”

●● Pupils at Beech Hall in cos­tume for their char­ity Dress Up and Dance Day

●● Flow­ers strewn on the ground in the Gar­dens of Re­mem­brance

●● Lloyd Roberts on his wed­ding day and to­day

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