Residents reassured over memorial testing

Lee Phillips,Buckingham Town Council Green Spaces Manager at Brackley Road Cemetery,Buckingham where memorials have to be tested.'120327M-A028

Lee Phillips,Buckingham Town Council Green Spaces Manager at Brackley Road Cemetery,Buckingham where memorials have to be tested.'120327M-A028

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BUCKINGHAM Town Council is carrying out safety testing on memorials in the town’s historic cemetery.

The town council is responsible for maintaining the 150-year-old cemetery, in Brackley Road.

And it’s asking any deed holders of burial plots in the cemetery to update the town council with their current address if it has changed since being issued with the original burial deed.

Green spaces manager Lee Phillips wants to reassure people that, if any unsafe memorials are found, they will not be laid flat unless there is no alternative to making them temporarily safe until they can be repaired.

He says the programme of memorial safety testing will be done every year “in an appropriate and sensitive manner”, with all of the memorials being tested over a five-year period.

Although the town council has a statutory duty to ensure the cemetery is safe and complies with heath and safety legislation, it is the holder of the grave deed who is ultimately responsible for the maintenance of the memorial.

The town council will do its utmost to contact any deed holder affected. If it is not possible to find the deed holder or any living relative, the town council will try and repair the memorials.

A list of any unsafe memorials will be made available at the cemetery and on the town council’s website at www.buckingham-tc.gov.uk

A spokesman said: “We appreciate that the testing and making safe of memorials in the cemetery may cause concern to families of relatives buried there, but the safety of people visiting and working at the cemetery is a priority.”

Anyone with questions about memorial testing can contact Mr Phillips on 01280 816801 or Greenspaces@buckingham-tc.gov.uk