Torfaen grave rules campaigners to meet council

PROTEST: Catherine Board handed a petition in to Torfaen council against new grave decoration policies. Her baby son Brandon is buried at Cwmbran Cemetery.

PROTEST: Catherine Board handed a petition in to Torfaen council against new grave decoration policies. Her baby son Brandon is buried at Cwmbran Cemetery.

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CAMPAIGNERS who handed over a petition signed by more than 5,000 people to Torfaen council last month will meet officers tomorrow to discuss any possible changes to its controversial graveyard policy.

Councillor Elizabeth Haynes, along with a number of mothers – including Catherine Board, who handed the petition over to the authority last month – will talk to officers ahead of a meeting for councillors next week, to review the policy and discuss any possibility of amendments.

Over recent months decorations failing to meet rules and regulations have been removed to ‘preserve the dignity of cemeteries’, stop ‘over personalisation’ of graves, and prevent health and safety problems for maintenance staff.

Stone chippings, windmills, solar lights and wind chimes are no longer permitted in the council’s graveyards. The policy was in place but not enforced until recently.

Councillor Haynes, who represents St Dials, said the council’s agreement for a meeting was positive but that there were still issues to discuss.

She said: “We have got a lot of concerns. Some of the ladies believe they have been discriminated against.”

And she added she had met parents who had cried every day since the policy was suddenly enforced.

Ms Board, of Thornhill, told the Argus last month: “Everyone is absolutely disgusted. It’s about why they are enforcing it now, when they never have up until now.”

The councillors’ seminar is open to the public on Monday and is being held at the Civic Centre in Pontypool at 2pm.

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12:02pm Thu 24 Jul 14

Woodgnome says...

The campaigners must realise that a lot of people don't agree with them.
The campaigners must realise that a lot of people don't agree with them. Woodgnome
  • Score: 10

2:28pm Thu 24 Jul 14

coalpicker says...

The council is right and wrong. Wrong in the first place for allowing the rules to be infringed which indicates lack of efficiency and departmental
negligence ,Right in the second place enforcing the regulations and discipline in a public place, To have a cohesive society there must be rules
which must be obeyed by all and enforced without exception .
The council is right and wrong. Wrong in the first place for allowing the rules to be infringed which indicates lack of efficiency and departmental negligence ,Right in the second place enforcing the regulations and discipline in a public place, To have a cohesive society there must be rules which must be obeyed by all and enforced without exception . coalpicker
  • Score: 5

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