Council responds to cemetery criticism

Alnwick Cemetery.
Alnwick Cemetery.

An anonymous group of residents recently raised concerns about the state of the cemetery in Alnwick.

A letter, written on behalf of ‘a large number of people who visit the cemetery in Alnwick’ cited problems such as weeds over three feet high, trees that need lopping, the road and paths needing a good sweep and overflowing rubbish bins.

However, when the Gazette went to take a look this week, it appeared in fairly good condition and grass-cutting was taking place.

Coun David Farrar, chairman of Alnwick Town Council’s cemetery committee, said: “We haven’t received any complaints about these issues, and we get very few complaints generally. Indeed most of the comments we receive are positive. However, we do take any feedback we get seriously.

“Grass-cutting, weeding and strimming is done on an almost daily basis. The warm and wet weather conditions in May meant that we have been trying to catch up through June, but we expect to be on top of the work this week, once we have completed weeding and strimming in the current burial area.

“We are only aware of one instance of an overflowing bin which arose while the cemetery superintendent was on holiday and that was dealt with immediately on his return. However, the look of the wire bins is not great, even when they are only part-full and we are looking to replace these.

“However, I’m sure there will be things we can always improve on. If anyone is concerned about the cemetery maintenance standards I am very happy to discuss the issues with them - they can contact me by email or on 01665 605812.”