Cemetery management to be discussed at council meeting
Posted on: 9 September 2016
The management of North Devon Council’s cemeteries will be discussed at a council meeting next week.
On Thursday 15 September, members of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee (O&S) will be considering a number of issues at the council’s cemeteries in Bear Street, Barnstaple and Marlborough Road, Ilfracombe.
The existing policy has been in place for several years and is due for review. The report concentrates on maintaining safety within the cemeteries and ensuring they are dignified places of rest. There are no significant changes recommended to the policy and therefore the report looks at three areas for discussion, as follows:
- returning graves in the lawned area of Bear Street cemetery back to lawn, by requesting the removal of unauthorised memorials
- the policy for the management of unsafe/unstable headstones
- management of space in the cemeteries, by digging graves to double depth and removing the option of reserving graves at Bear Street, bringing it in line with Marlborough Road.
Executive Member responsible for cemeteries, Councillor Dick Jones, said: “We have a long-standing policy in place to ensure our cemeteries are maintained and managed in line with national regulations, and to make sure they are dignified, safe and peaceful places for everyone.
“During next week’s O&S meeting, the committee will be looking closely at the policy and some of our management issues, before they are brought before the council’s Executive for a decision next month. This includes a petition that was sent to the council and regarding unauthorised memorials at Bear Street. We know this is an emotive and sensitive subject and we will fully consider all the information we are presented with before it is put forward to the Executive to make a decision.”
The O&S meeting takes place at 10am on Thursday 15 September and Executive on Monday 3 October at 10am. The agendas for both meetings will be available on the council’s website.Posted in: Community