Trees suffer damage at cemetery and crematorium

Published on 2nd January 2018

Cemetery and crematorium chapel

The recent severe weather has caused some damage to mature cedar trees in the grounds of the cemetery and crematorium.

 

Contractors are on site today to assess the damage before they begin work to clear the fallen branches.  Unfortunately some branches have fallen on a number of memorials. The council is arranging for a stone mason to assess the memorials as soon as possible so that any damage can be assessed for repair.

Although one of the roads to the chapels was blocked by fallen branches, staff members were able to clear the pathways to make sure that services and burials could continue without interruption.

Cllr Chris Coleman, cabinet member for clean and green environment said:  ‘’Unfortunately, despite our regular maintenance inspection programme, some trees have been damaged from the snow and severe winds during the Christmas break. Similar damage has happened to trees in many areas of the county.  Our priority is to ensure safety and to work with experts to rectify any damage that has occurred to memorials. We have instructed the contractors so that this work can commence as soon as possible. I am proud of the way the team went above and beyond their normal responsibilities to make the site safe and allow people to visit memorials and continue with services, especially at this important time of year for families. ‘’


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