A CEMETERY car park is being “misused and abused” by parents picking up school children in cars, a town council heard.
Controversial calls have been made to shut the gates to Mold Cemetery’s car park during school pick-up hours in a bid to stamp out the “horrendous problem” created outside Ysgol Bryn Coch of people parking in the grave yard.
Mold Town Council heard the problems were that bad that a car had crashed and overturned outside the school as a result.
The meeting heard that burials have been held up due to vehicles being parked across the cemetery gates, while other problems were discussed including ‘children climbing over headstones’ while parents park in the cemetery car park.
Despite the concerns raised, a majority of the Mold Town Council members voted against the cemetery committee’s proposal of closing the gates between 2.45pm and 3.15pm.
They felt such measures were “too extreme” for the extent of the problem.
Cllr Colin Bithell, who is also Flintshire Council cabinet member for education, said the issue “creates mayhem”.
the kind of situation we face on a regular basis. It has been a long-term problem.
Funeral cars have been held up because of people parked across the cemetery gateway.
“I had a complaint quite recently that a car was damaged while she was there.
“The car park is being misused and abused and we need to do something about it.”
But Cllr Andrea Mearns said she could not support the proposal.
“People going to the cemetery should be allowed to get in the cemetery. They can’t be locked out every school day for that period of time. The measures are too extreme.”
Cllr Ray Dodd describe the proposals as “a bit over the top”.
It was suggested and agreed by the majority not to close the gates during the time frame proposed, but to put up a sign warning drivers the car park is only for people visiting the graveyard.
Cllr Bithell, who voted in favour of the gates closure move, said: “People take no notice of signs – closing the gates is the only way.”
Mayor of Mold, Cllr Robin Guest, added: “I agree with Cllr Bithell. Notices are going to have no effect whatsoever.”