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Relatives want a say in cemetery management
RELATIVES of people buried in Malvern cemetery should be involved in its management.
That was the request made this week to Malvern Town Council’s operations committee by distressed relatives.
As we reported earlier this month, familes were outraged when they were sent letters from the town clerk, saying cemetery regulations forbade most ornaments on graves, including toys, statues and solar-powered lamps.
They set up a Facebook group “like and comment if you disagree with Malvern Cemetery”, which has attracted some 1,300 members and an online petition has been signed by 800 people.
Before the meeting, Steve Griffiths and Geoff Doe of the relatives’ group, gave a presentation highlighting the distress caused to families who were requested to remove ornaments.
Coun Ian Dawson, who chaired the committee, moved a recommendation that the council creates a working party, which was approved.
The proposed working party is set to include relatives, councillors and members of the council’s operations staff, who carry out maintenance in the Madresfield Road site.
The request will go on to the next meeting of the full council, on Tuesday, October 29.
Mr Griffiths said: “We are thrilled that the operations committee is following our own recommendation and hopefully the full council will agree on October 29, where we can all move forward in a sympathetic, positive way.”
Mr Doe said: “We’re very pleased the council is listening to us and they seem prepared to work with us. The town council has made every effort to assist us since we raised our concerns. The regulations need revising and we look forward to sitting down with the councillors to work on that.”
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