Help Thetford Town Council To Listen & Compromise Regarding Cemetery Rules & Regulations
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Thetford Town Council set the rules and regulations for the Thetford Cemetery that have now been in place for 30 years or more. They have only started to more effectively enforce them since January 2017. This includes the lawn cemetery and cremation plots.
Relatives of loved ones are only allowed to place one vase if there is no headstone and two vases if there is a headstone, which is impracticable if you have lots of relatives. No artificial flowers are allowed. No growing plants, shrubs and bulbs are allowed either. No railings, fencing or edging are allowed. No items are allowed to be placed on the gravelled areas to the front and behind individual plots in the cremation area.
These rules are causing upset & stress at an already difficult time. We feel there is no compromise with the council.
Our suggestion to the Thetford Cemetery Committee is:
- To be able to put as many vases that will fit on the headstone/plinth area. As long as the flowers are removed when wilted. If you are unable to attend regularly then the cemetery staff can remove when wilted. The same for artificial flowers. When they are weather affected, they are then removed.
- We would also like to be able to have a small area in front of the headstone for a personal planting area of seasonal flowers only or items of memorabilia e.g. loose marble vases. This area will be no wider than the base of the memorial headstone and a maximum of two feet long from the foundation stone. Any items placed in this area will not exceed a height of 12cm. If this area is not tended then Thetford Town Council can reserve the right to seed or turf the area after a notice period.
- To be able to place items in the gravel area, as long as they are the same width as the memorial stone in the cremation plots. To be able to put fencing, railings or edging to define the area, as this area is not affected by lawn mowing.
- If lawn cutting maintenance is done by sitting on a ride on mower or walking over graves with a strimmer. This is very upsetting and disrespectful. We request if any deed holders object to this, we can sign an agreement with the council to say we will maintain and keep our loved ones grave tidy,or to be able to install at our cost artificial grass or the like. If the agreement is not kept to then the council can re-instate lawn cutting maintenance after a notice period.
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