Widower’s ‘sort out cemetery’ plea

NILALM110910B1 - Park cemetery Ilkeston from left conservation officer James White and members of the local history society Stephen Flinders and Danny Corns with the register of burials
NILALM110910B1 - Park cemetery Ilkeston from left conservation officer James White and members of the local history society Stephen Flinders and Danny Corns with the register of burials

An angry widower has said he is ‘disgusted’ with the state of an Ilkeston cemetery, after mourners have planted gravemarkers across paths.

The pensioner, who did not want to be named, said he fears he will not be able to be buried in the plot he has bought next to his wife because the markers would prevent diggers from reaching the grave.

An Erewash Borough Council notice at Park Cemetery clearly stated that ‘all items will be removed’ from the grassed area, yet the wooden and iron markers –left by mourners to mark out graves, have been left untouched by wardens.

“It is now such an eyesore that the graves have been expanded to take over nearly all the width between the lines of the graves,” he said.

“So much so that in places anyone with a pushchair or wheelchair will struggle to get between them.”

He said that trees and bushes have been planted over plots, which he fears could push roots through graves.

“I am sure the council workers can’t get the maintenance vehicles through the gaps,” he said.

“We pay rates for the grass to be mown by the council to keep the area looking nice.”

He asked: “Would the people who obstruct the grassed ares please clear up?

“Would the council please act to clear the obstructions before the situation gets completely out of control?

“This is due to the lack of enforcement possibly due to not wanting to upset the relatives of the bereaved.

“I know I am not the only person to feel this way but the silent majority who don’t like to cause trouble are ignored as they don’t speak up.”

Director of operational services at the council, Phil Wright, said: “Erewash Borough Council would like to thank the person in question for highlighting this matter and bringing it to our attention.

“We will now look into this as a matter of urgency and take any appropriate action.”