Churchyard inspectors return

INSPECTIONS are to continue on gravestones at churchyards in Clevedon and Yatton. North Somerset Council is to re-inspect the closed churchyards where memorials showed signs of fatigue when they were inspected 18 months ago. There are currently 21 closed

INSPECTIONS are to continue on gravestones at churchyards in Clevedon and Yatton.North Somerset Council is to re-inspect the closed churchyards where memorials showed signs of fatigue when they were inspected 18 months ago.There are currently 21 closed churchyards, which are no longer used for burials, across the district.Since 2005 the council has been granted permission from the Diocese of Bath and Wells to inspect memorials and ensure they have not become a risk to safety.The council will re-inspect memorials that are cracked and have loose brickwork to ensure that they have not deteriorated any further and become unsafe due to weathering.The inspections of All Saints, Clevedon, and St Mary's in Yatton will take place during the week starting September 24.Memorials that are found to be unsafe will either be laid down flat or supported with stakes.Members of the public and parishioners are welcome to visit the churchyard while the inspection is taking place.Anyone with concerns about the inspections can contact Pauline Pearce at the council's streets and open spaces service on 01934 888802.


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