Darwen Cemetery paths branded 'dangerous' by councillor

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

PATHS in Darwen Cemetery are so neglected they have become ‘downright dangerous’, a town councillor claims.

Coun John East, who is chairman of the Friends of Darwen Cemetery, said heavy investment was needed from the borough council.

The claim comes just weeks after eight graves were toppled by vandals. They have since been fixed by stonemasons from Brent Stevenson's Memorials, free of charge.

Coun East said: “Pleasington is given priority by the council, who are constantly fighting budget cuts. There just isn’t enough staff to do the amount of work needed.

“The paths in the Western Cemetery are being neglected, though.

“Some of them are a disgrace.

“It’s downright dangerous. But the council will just say there’s no money to fix them.

“But if a litigation came along I’m sure they’d find the money then.”

Sayyed Osman, director of environment, housing and neighbourhoods at Blackburn with Darwen Council, said: “Given the cuts the council has faced, we simply can’t afford to fully resurface every path at the cemetery.

“We have undertaken essential work to ensure they are made safe, though, and are working closely with the Friends group to source the additional funding required to make full repairs.

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“The majority of burials take place at Pleasington and so we have to spend a lot of time there.”

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1:37pm Fri 25 Nov 11

happycyclist says...

What planet has John East been living on the past couple of years?
What planet has John East been living on the past couple of years? happycyclist
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5:04pm Fri 25 Nov 11

louderfasterlonger says...

lol.... think he's missed out the bit "lobbied the local Lib/Dem councillor for the ward and still no action"....
perhaps it's due to the crippling austerity measures brought in by his party which are massively dis-proportionate to the cuts made to Tory areas in the south.

You stand for a party that advocates the cuts, now live with it... we can't get the roads repaired in Darwen, let alone the cemetery paths.
lol.... think he's missed out the bit "lobbied the local Lib/Dem councillor for the ward and still no action".... perhaps it's due to the crippling austerity measures brought in by his party which are massively dis-proportionate to the cuts made to Tory areas in the south. You stand for a party that advocates the cuts, now live with it... we can't get the roads repaired in Darwen, let alone the cemetery paths. louderfasterlonger
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12:42pm Sun 27 Nov 11

Your ferret stinks says...

There's enough people unemployed in darwen, so get them working for the good of the town and for thier job seekers allowance money! how hard can it be?
There's enough people unemployed in darwen, so get them working for the good of the town and for thier job seekers allowance money! how hard can it be? Your ferret stinks
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