Irresponisble to incite people

THE article on the front page of the Mercury last week has incensed me and even more so since talking to the reporter who wrote it. It seems to me irresponsible to allow David Evans to incite people to take the council to court and give support to those

THE article on the front page of the Mercury last week has incensed me and even more so since talking to the reporter who wrote it. It seems to me irresponsible to allow David Evans to incite people to take the council to court and give support to those people who are breaking the rules. Isn't that a common feature of everyday life nowadays? It does not look at the wider picture.When buying a plot at the crematorium one cannot do so without signing an agreement that one will not put up wind chimes, ornaments, cards, plastic flowers and the like. The idea behind this is to provide a place of quiet and tranquillity for our loved ones to rest in peace. The staff do their best to show sensitivity understanding and respect to all grieving relatives and even offer support at Christmas with a special service of remembrance from which I and others I know, have gained great comfort. In this case, it seems to me that the council has attempted to enforce the rules, in the guise of health and safety, rather than take action against individuals for breach of contract.To the more discerning, they have tried to do this in a general way rather than upset individuals coping with bereavement.We all have different ways of dealing with grief but in the main I have seen for myself how the well-kept crematorium with the birds and blossom is a sanctuary for those who visit. You have made it a battlefield. I find this distasteful but it's a situation which needs to be resolved. How can that be done now without upsetting someone?MISS D R MCAULAY - Address Supplied


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