Teenager calls for cemetery clean-up
I’ll do it myself if council won’t, says Ryan, 16
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