Time limit set for Stowmarket cemetery tidy up

Before and after: how Stowmarket Town Council would like to change the cemetery's appearance ANL-160112-140056001

Before and after: how Stowmarket Town Council would like to change the cemetery's appearance ANL-160112-140056001

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Relatives of people buried in a Stowmarket cemetery are being given until February 2018 to remove ornaments from in front of graves.

Stowmarket Town Council wants the items removed to return the newer parts of Violet Hill Road cemetery to their original design and make them easier to maintain.

The council says cemetery sections D,E and F were designed as ‘lawn cemeteries’ where all the graves are grassed with no ‘ornamental items’ in front of the headstone.

The council has ‘respectfully requested’ that all items in front of graves are removed by February 27, 2018, and says anything still in place after that date will be stored for a year and then disposed of.

When they are removed the plots will be returned to lawn.

In a statement, the council said: “These items may include, but are not limited to, vases, kerb sets, statues, stones and shrubs and plants.”

Michael Marriot, operations and estates manager at Stowmarket Town Council, said: “We recognise the sensitivity surrounding this request.

“Increasingly, however, the range of personal items has grown over time, which in addition to impacting upon the overall aesthetics of the cemetery also significantly adds to the time taken to mow around specific plots.”

With lawn cemeteries, the mower can simply be driven along the lines of headstones instead of having to weave in and out of the individual plots.

Anyone with queries chould contact Michael Marriott at the Town Council Offices on 01449 612060 or at michaelm@stowmarket.org