Mayor may be reburied to build disabled access

PUBLISHED: 07:00 26 October 2015

The Square in Axbridge.

The Square in Axbridge.

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A FORMER mayor who lived in the 1800s may be reburied so a church can provide disabled access.

The Parochial Church Council (PCC) wants to create disabled access to St John the Baptist Church in The Square in Axbridge.

The work will include installing a new ramp by the steps, and the project is expected to cost around £100,000.

But a former mayor, who lived in Axbridge in the 1880s, is buried by the steps, along with his wife and daughter.

Axbridge Town Council’s current mayor, Jennifer Trotman said: “He will need to be relocated, hopefully still near his wife and daughter.”

The cost to reinter the body is expected to reach around £8,000.

The town council agreed to set aside £250 in its budget for the PCC to pay for a licence to rebury the old mayor.

Cllr Jeremy Gall said: “I think this is a good idea.

“We use the church a lot for events and disabled access is an appropriate thing to get involved in.

“There is a shortage of accessible space in the town, and the church rooms are difficult to access.”

The pledge of £250 will be used by the PCC to show it has council support when it applies for grant funding.

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