Anger at council over earth dumped on graves

By Sarah Beard 22/03 Updated: 27/03 10:32

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VISITORS to North Bromsgrove Cemetery were outraged at the weekend when a mound of earth, dug up for a new plot, was dumped and left on an existing grave.

This picture was posted on our Facebook page by one of the angered residents and dozens of comments followed, labelling it 'disrepectful' and 'a disgrace'

One said: "If that happened to my dad's grave, I would cry."

Other comments read: "It is an absolute insult to the memory of the interned" and: "How can someone be so disrespectful? It is disgusting."

A Bromsgrove District Council (BDC) spokesperson said: "The council is aware of the sensitivity of this matter which is why we informed the next of kin beforehand that we needed to excavate the grave next to his mother's, in preparation for burial next week, and that soil would be placed on this grave over the weekend."

BDC said the cemetery was visited on Monday (March 19) and admitted: "The soil could have been prepared better as it had affected other nearby graves too."

The spokeperson added the staff members who carried out the job were spoken to immediately and the authority apologised to the affected families.

"Our Bereavement Services Team carry out their jobs with utmost respect and so they have put measures in place to ensure this doesn't happen again.

"These include removing soil from adjacent graves for over weekend periods - although if the excavated grave is oversized, which this one was, we can't as this would mean driving over adjacent graves numerous times with a truck, which is something we don't want to do as it could cause damage - although we will remove as much soil as possible."

BDC also said in future, it would be contacting the next of kin of not just adjacent graves, but nearby ones too to inform them of any work taking place.

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