Delight over U-turn on ‘overgrown’ Clitheroe cemetery

Delight over U-turn on ‘overgrown’ Clitheroe cemetery

Delight over U-turn on ‘overgrown’ Clitheroe cemetery

First published in News Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

RESIDENTS have expressed their delight after forcing a council U-turn over an ‘overgrown’ cemetery containing war graves.

Last month residents spoke of their ‘disgust’ and ‘shame’ after discovering that more than 30 war graves were overgrown.

Pictures of the graves at Clitheroe’s Waddington Road Cemetery of soldiers from both world wars were posted on Facebook, attracting a number of comments calling for action.

Whalley resident Mel Diack, 61, wrote to the borough council asking for something to be done. He was backed by Ribble Valley MP Nigel Evans.

At the site, 13 men who died during the First World War are buried alongside 17 from the Second World War. Now the the council has had the plot mown and intends to maintain it until the matter can be discussed by the council in the coming months.

The council had recently said that the practice of turning older cemeteries into wildflower areas is ‘common and certainly not a sign of neglect’. It said that the council would cut a path to the graves but would leave the majority of the grass.

Clitheroe resident Simon Entwistle, 58, from Little Moor Road, said that he was ‘delighted’ to hear the news.

Simon, who originally flagged up the issue on Facebook, said: “It’s a beautiful cemetery and the war graves there should be respected. I’ve met some people who like the way it is and they are, of course, entitled to their opinion but I think that it should be neat. War graves are there to be viewed and should not be lost amongst the grass.

“I’m absolutely delighted that the grass is going to be cut.”

Coun Kevin Horkin, who represents the area, said: “I have spoken with the leader who has promised to have the grass cut in the cemetery. I have had a large number of concerned residents contact me about this and I’m delighted that something is to be done.”

The council has said that in the four years since the introduction of the natural maintenance regime, no-one has approached them with any concerns or negative comments.

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5:16pm Mon 11 Aug 14

smithj says...

You want to go to the old Blackburn cemetery it is a disgrace
This cemetery has many war graves and it needs attention
A flock of sheep would be useful for a start
There was a fallen tree on my aunt's grave which I cannot move
I think that the council does not realise that surviving relatives still visit this cemetery
You want to go to the old Blackburn cemetery it is a disgrace This cemetery has many war graves and it needs attention A flock of sheep would be useful for a start There was a fallen tree on my aunt's grave which I cannot move I think that the council does not realise that surviving relatives still visit this cemetery smithj
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11:52am Wed 13 Aug 14

brossen99 says...

Its patently obvious that said controversy over cemetery is a deliberate set up fool the imbecile Ten Bob Fat Cats who clog the A&E at Blackburn Royal on weekends when the Clitheroe health centre and other local treatment rooms are closed, and own all latest consumer electronics yet no simple First Aid Kit and not even a simple cheap tin of plasters. And any Ribble Valley politicians who are making a big deal about not cutting the grass on war graves are almost certainly accessory to the fact on what almost amounts to TREASON against the indigenous Ribble Valley families who fought in WW1 and again against the Nazis in WW2.

If you want to se more on the deliberate subversion of our UK economy since we joined the EU whatever you do don't use Google as they will log you and get you sacked if you work for a corporate which includes NHS and LCC if they know you have seen my blog but Bing is OK !

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Its patently obvious that said controversy over cemetery is a deliberate set up fool the imbecile Ten Bob Fat Cats who clog the A&E at Blackburn Royal on weekends when the Clitheroe health centre and other local treatment rooms are closed, and own all latest consumer electronics yet no simple First Aid Kit and not even a simple cheap tin of plasters. And any Ribble Valley politicians who are making a big deal about not cutting the grass on war graves are almost certainly accessory to the fact on what almost amounts to TREASON against the indigenous Ribble Valley families who fought in WW1 and again against the Nazis in WW2. If you want to se more on the deliberate subversion of our UK economy since we joined the EU whatever you do don't use Google as they will log you and get you sacked if you work for a corporate which includes NHS and LCC if they know you have seen my blog but Bing is OK ! Search Apple Green Fraud and see my bent Foreign Office Africa minister scalp and Leg-Irons Kill People which sliced over 5% off BMW share price on the DAX yesterday after it was published and abject desperation for the auto algos the bent stock market traders use to franticly buy and support all the toxic assets they need to borrow against to cover their futures options. brossen99
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