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Untended Darwen graves are ‘no excuse’

Lancashire Telegraph: Elaine Duckworth’s grandmother’s grave in Darwen Cemetery is overgrown Elaine Duckworth’s grandmother’s grave in Darwen Cemetery is overgrown

VISITORS to Darwen Cemetery have hit out after they were unable to tend to a relative’s grave because of overgrown grass.

Elaine Duckworth said grass around her grandmother’s grave, in the old part of the cemetery, was about four-feet high, making access harder.

Blackburn with Darwen Council blamed the overgrowth on good summer weather but pledged to deploy extra staff on order to address the issue.

Ms Duckworth and Paul Coulson took photos of the problem when they visited the cemetery last week.

She said: “This photo shows my gran’s grave, which we are unable to tend because the grass has not been cut this year. When we asked the ground staff they said it was not one of their priority jobs and may not be cut.

“We have been using a cordless trimmer to keep on top of my grandfather’s grave in the same cemetery, but this is just too high at nearly four feet.

“We know that not all the graves are tended to and are in disrepair, but this is no excuse to let all the graves go the same way.”

John East, chair of the Friends of Darwen Cemetery, said the condition of the grave was ‘a shame’ but said volunteers would work with the council to improve conditions on-site.

He said: “We work in partnership with the council but some of the time it’s too dangerous to work near certain graves.

“Hopefully the part of the cemetery where this lady is talking about will be dealt with soon. We do get disappointed when the grass grows too long.”

Coun Jim Smith, executive member for environment, said: “Several areas in Darwen Old Cemetery are extremely difficult to cut, and these are cut up to three times per year. The cutting of this area has started and this area of the cemetery will be cut as soon as possible.

“This is the peak rapid growing season for grass and the weather at the moment has encouraged the growth. We will be utilising additional staff to tackle this.”

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2:21pm Wed 25 Jun 14

glossopkid says...

Why is this happening????
Why is this happening???? glossopkid
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2:59pm Wed 25 Jun 14

Rumpole says...

glossopkid wrote:
Why is this happening????
Government cuts and the weather if you believe the council.

When things **** up its down to the government, when things go right its down to the local council.
[quote][p][bold]glossopkid[/bold] wrote: Why is this happening????[/p][/quote]Government cuts and the weather if you believe the council. When things **** up its down to the government, when things go right its down to the local council. Rumpole
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9:10pm Wed 25 Jun 14

Richard Pembrook says...

I'd like to know why blackburn council toppled over a most of the old grave stones. This is wanton vandalism by the council! Some of the grave stones knocked over by blackburn council belonged to people who died serving the country in the war. Giving the likes of councilors the freedom to topple gravestones without the consent of families!
I'd like to know why blackburn council toppled over a most of the old grave stones. This is wanton vandalism by the council! Some of the grave stones knocked over by blackburn council belonged to people who died serving the country in the war. Giving the likes of councilors the freedom to topple gravestones without the consent of families! Richard Pembrook
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9:53pm Wed 25 Jun 14

HelmshoreMan2010 says...

There are checks/criteria for when a grave is toppled. It's not a nice situation but if that heavy chunk of stone becomes unsafe and falls on somebody it would be the council's fault too.

I doubt they stand there and push them over with a grin and an evil laugh.
There are checks/criteria for when a grave is toppled. It's not a nice situation but if that heavy chunk of stone becomes unsafe and falls on somebody it would be the council's fault too. I doubt they stand there and push them over with a grin and an evil laugh. HelmshoreMan2010
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