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Looking after our memorials and burial grounds

As part of a routine review of safety matters Bedford Borough Council will shortly be carrying out a survey of all memorial headstones at burial sites in the borough.

 

The survey will be visual but may highlight some safety problems with existing headstones or memorials.

 

The Council is responsible for approximately 18,000 memorials in the borough. The Council understands that the site where a loved one is buried is an important and sensitive place and wishes to stress that the vast majority of people with loved ones buried at Council operated sites will not be affected by the survey. Furthermore, the Council will not immediately remove any headstones or memorials found to be in an unsafe condition. In the case of memorials or headstones which are showing signs of decay or may be at risk of collapse, the families or loved ones will receive a letter explaining the options available to them.

 

The survey is due to begin in early October and is expected to be completed by March 2013.

 

Councillor Sarah-Jayne Holland, Portfolio Holder for Community and Regulatory Services, said: “We understand that a burial site is a very important area for families and loved ones and that is why we are being open and clear about the need to undertake this survey and when we plan to do so.

 

“It is important to stress that we will not be simply pulling over or taking out any memorials which look to be showing signs of wear and tear. We will simply contact the families involved and sensitively explain the options available to them.”

 

If anyone has any questions regarding the review, they can contact Bereavement Services on 01234 718150.

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