Burial charges to double at Northumberland cemetery

Burial charges in Beadnell cemetery are to be doubled to help cover rising costs.

Wednesday, 8th January 2020, 6:00 am
Updated Wednesday, 8th January 2020, 6:00 am
Beadnell cemetery. Picture: Google

Beadnell Parish Council will double its charges over the next three years, starting in July 2020. A single burial plot is currently £250.

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The decision was taken after the council was left with a bill for £1,256 for an inspection of the cemetery’s memorials and trees. Coun Jen Hall said: “We are very cheap and always have been, but given that we’re going to have to continue inspecting and perhaps get more work done, although the memorials themselves are the families’ responsibility, I would suggest we double the prices over the next three years.”

In March, 24 memorials failed a county council inspection.The parish council then asked Strettle memorial masons about permanent repairs. They identified 35 memorials in need of attention, including four in the new section of the cemetery. They laid flat 22.