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Plan to restrict Ruabon cemetery headstones branded 'cold'

Published date: 08 August 2014 |
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PROPOSALS to limit the size of headstones in a cemetery have been branded “overly restrictive”.

Ruabon Community Council is to ask the public for views on proposed new rules for the village cemetery.

Proposed regulations include limiting the size of headstones to 2ft 8in, restricting the overall height of memorials to 3ft and prohibiting the placing of rails, plinths, palisades or kerbstones on or around graves.

Mike Blackshaw, clerk of the community council, said councillors were aiming to improve the environment in the cemetery.

Mr Blackshaw said: “The situation is that the council is looking to improve the overall state of the cemetery and is trying to standardise the layout of the cemetery.

“The key is that people get in touch to make their views known.”

The changes, if they come in to effect, would not be retrospective and would not affect existing grave sites.

Eileen Pritchard, a Ruabon resident and mother-of-five, branded the proposed changes “cold” and added that if the amendments came into effect, the price of plots would have to go down.

She said: “The village has lost quite a few young people in the past year. Their families are still going there and they would want to put photographs on headstones – some of them have become like shrines.

“When you go to the 1700s and 1800s part of the cemetery, you get huge memorials and family vaults and it’s clear that they meant something to somebody. That’s the whole point of it.

“It doesn’t seem right. If they’re going down that road, they should start reducing costs.”

Mrs Pritchard, 44, added: “It just feels like it’s not the right thing to do. I understand it’s about the style and the environment, but when they’re restricting things like the size of the plinth, it just seems overly restrictive.

“If I had to bury a loved one, I’d want to feel it’s my space and that I could make it ‘comfortable’ for them.”

Copies of the plans are available on the community council’s website at www.ruabon-community.org.uk, as well as the Ruabon Facebook page, at Tracy’s Nail and Beauty Salon, the Help the Aged Store on Henry Street and Renee’s Hair Salon.

Mr Blackshaw added: “If people want to refuse the changes, they can get in touch and the council would consider that as part of any decision.”

Consultation on the changes closes on Sunday, August 31.

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