Teenager calls for ceme­tery clean-up

I’ll do it my­self if coun­cil won’t, says Ryan, 16

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

A Cam­bus­lang teenager has chal­lenged South La­nark­shire Coun­cil to clear up West­burn Ceme­tery.

Six­teen-year-old Ryan Keary has even of­fered to do the job him­self af­ter be­ing left disgusted with the state of the fa­cil­ity.

Ryan’s dad, Ron­nie, and papa, Harry, are bother buried in West­burn.

And the young­ster has be­come in­creas­ingly dis­il­lu­sioned with the lit­ter and graf­fiti he finds when he vis­its their graves.

The for­mer Cathkin High pupil said: “It’s dis­gust­ing when­ever I go up there.

“My dad and papa are buried there and it is just so dis­re­spect­ful.

“I’ve seen sto­ries in the Re­former be­fore about it and it’s the same prob­lems that seem to be com­ing up all the time. In fact, it is get­ting worse.

“The coun­cil don’t seem to be do­ing any­thing about it, me and my aunt have been on the phone to them con­stantly but they keep re­fus­ing us.

“We’ll be go­ing to clear it up re­gard­less once we have enough peo­ple on board. So far I’ve had quite a lot of sup­port.”

Ryan posted about the is­sue on the pop­u­lar Face­book group, All About Cam­bus­lang.

His post re­ceived dozens of replies from peo­ple ea­ger to help.

The Re­former has pre­vi­ously re­ported about flood­ing in We s t b u r n C e m e t e r y as well as storm dam­age. Ac­cord­ing to Ryan, some youths are now us­ing it as a drink­ing den and van­dal­is­ing graves.

How­ever, of­fi­cers at South La­nark­shire Coun­cil in­sisted the ceme­tery was in good con­di­tion.

Head of fa­cil­i­ties, waste and grounds ser­vices, Stephen Kelly said: “We have had no re­cent re­ports of van­dal­ism or drink­ing in West­burn Ceme­tery. It is cur­rently in a clean and tidy con­di­tion and we are about to com­mence our sum­mer grass cutting pro­gramme.

“The of­fer of a ‘com­mu­nity clean up’ was re­ceived how­ever was not re­quired as there was min­i­mal lev­els of lit­ter found and this is man­aged by the lo­cal staff as part of their reg­u­lar du­ties.”

Dis­re­spect­ful Calls have been made for a clear up of West­burn Ceme­tery

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