‘Scarce’ graves could be recycled

PUBLISHED: 09:00 26 June 2015

Views of the Chapel at Milton Road Cemetery, WsM.

Views of the Chapel at Milton Road Cemetery, WsM.

Archant

UP TO 20 ‘common graves’ without 
a headstone in a Weston cemetery may be re-used at a reduced price, with 
land for plots in the town becoming ‘scarce’.

Views of Weston Cemetery Milton Rd, WsM.Views of Weston Cemetery Milton Rd, WsM.

Weston Town Council has permission from the Bath and Wells Diocese to re-use the burial spaces at its Milton Road Cemetery.

People purchase a grave for a period of 80-90 years, with the option to extend the lease in the future.

But if this does not happen, the diocese has granted the council permission to re-use common graves which have been dug to a double depth.

Amenities manager Theresa Donald said: “There is permission to do this. It is done nationwide. It is not something we are suggesting being the frontrunners for.

“We have had people come to us over the past year asking if there is any other cheaper way to be buried in the cemetery.”

The council’s policy and finance committee has agreed re-used graves will cost 25 per cent less than a new one.

New graves currently cost £762 for Weston residents – and the price to re-use a grave will be £571.50.

But councillor Mark Canniford said: “I have a problem with this based on the fact that I don’t think it’s very savoury.

“I’m not in favour of re-using things people thought they had bought for life and because someone decided to change the rules you can have someone dumped on top of you.”

Ms Donald said ground for burial sites in the town is in short supply.

The Mercury reported last year how Dignity Funerals, which runs Weston Crematorium in Ebdon Road, warned the town could run out of burial spaces in three to four years.

Ms Donald added: “We will be using about 20 of the graves. But if the graves have memorials we won’t do anything with them. If they have memorials we won’t rip them down.

“The graves have been dug down a double depth for two burials and they only have one body buried there at the moment.

“They’ve not been purchased, they are not being taken back or anything like that.

“Sometimes graves have been used for people who are totally unrelated and that’s all we are doing.

“The people buying it will be told up front there is already someone in there.”

More from Weston Mercury

57 minutes ago

Venture into the wizarding world with the latest remake of one of J K Rowling’s books.

Read more
07:56

A woman who has vowed to complete 40 outdoor swims in her 40th year is just three challenges away from hitting her target.

Read more
Weston-super-Mare
Yesterday, 17:37

Homemade crafts and items were sold in aid of one of Weston’s best-loved sites.

Read more
Yesterday, 17:00

A determined Weston woman has completed a gruelling seven-month swimming challenge to raise money for Weston Hospicecare in memory of her partner’s mum.

Read more
Weston Hospicecare Weston-super-Mare
Yesterday, 16:00

The fun and fervour of this year’s carnival may only just have begun to die down, but 50 years ago attention focussed on bringing the event back to Weston’s streets.

Read more
Yesterday, 15:00

Entries are still being taken for this year’s Turip Prize.

Read more
Yesterday, 14:00

One of the hottest rising talents on the British music scene will be performing at a gig in Bristol in 2019.

Read more
Yesterday, 12:00

Avon and Somerset police are targeting drivers without insurance as part of a county-wide initiative which started on Monday.

Read more
Yesterday, 11:00

A former teacher who taught at a school in Uphill is hoping to reconnect with former pupils and staff.

Read more
Yesterday, 09:53

A GP practice has agreed to improve safety for its patients in a bid to get the go-ahead to build a surgery.

Read more
Congresbury Yatton

Most Read News

Read Online

Image
Read the Weston Worle and Somerset Mercury e-edition E-edition

Local Weather

Sunny

Sunny

max temp: 10°C

min temp: 4°C

Useful Links

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
Competitions
Send Your Letters
Order Photos
Family notices
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Newsletter Sign Up

Weston Mercury twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Show Job Lists