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.