Councillors resigns over baby's grave

PUBLISHED: 07:38 03 July 2007 | UPDATED: 11:14 24 May 2010

AN UNRESOLVED dispute over a baby's grave in Churchill has led to the resignation of a parish councillor. Billy Winter was stillborn and is buried in the grounds of St John the Baptist Church. His family want to place photographs on his gravestone but hav

AN UNRESOLVED dispute over a baby's grave in Churchill has led to the resignation of a parish councillor.Billy Winter was stillborn and is buried in the grounds of St John the Baptist Church.His family want to place photographs on his gravestone but have been denied permission by the parish council which owns the burial ground. Parish clerk Lindsay Ireland says the rules for the burial ground, are the same as those for the churchyard,which does not allow photos.Previously, Jeremy Pope, aged 43, who has known the family for many years and was re-elected as a parish councillor in May, offered to mediate between the two parties, but he said the council was 'not prepared to discuss that'.At a meeting after the local elections, the family was issued with a chilling ultimatum by chairman Pam Millward, either to accept the council's decision or have the baby exhumed.Mr Pope, who lives with his wife and three children in Broadoak Road, sent a letter to the council, read aloud at a meeting earlier this month, tendering his resignation with immediate effect based on the council's treatment of the Winters.He said: "My views are not compatible with the those of the council which has shown neither compassion nor flexibility over an issue which will affect a lot of people for the rest of their lives."I have known them for a long time and you could not find a nicer family."I used think Churchill is a nice place to bring up my children but some of the politics behind the scenes has tarnished it."The parish council declined to comment as it is yet to receive Mr Pope's reasons for resigning.

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