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Searching for owners of wobbly memorials

Buckingham Town Council green spaces manager Lee Phillips at Brackley Road cemetery with unsafe memorials.
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Buckingham Town Council green spaces manager Lee Phillips at Brackley Road cemetery with unsafe memorials. 140325M-A269 PNL-140325-095936001

Buckingham Town Council is trying to trace the grave owners of memorials in Brackley Road Cemetery, after a number of them were found to be unsafe.

Twenty-eight memorials in the cemetery were found to be unstable in a recent inspection, and have been made temporarily safe, using stakes and banding until permanent repairs can be made.

The inspections are being carried out in line with health and safety legislation, as the town council has a statutory duty to ensure that the cemetery is safe for visitors and people working there.

Green spaces officer Lee Phillips is testing memorials in one section of the cemetery at a time, with all memorials being tested over a five-year period.

The maintenance of individual memorials is the responsibility of the grave deed holder, and town council will be searching for the owners of these graves over the next few weeks.

A list of the unsafe memorials has been posted on the town council’s website and on the notice board at the entrance of the cemetery.

If you are the owner of the rights of burial for any of these graves, the town council would like to hear from you.

The town council is also asking deed holders of burial plots in the cemetery to make sure they update it with their current address, if it has changed since the original burial deed was issued.

The town council is happy to answer any questions about the memorial testing at the cemetery.

Call Lee Phillips on 01280 816801 or email greenspaces@Buckingham-tc.gov.uk

 

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