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Council Issues Polite Reminder about Memorials

Families are being asked to remove unauthorised memorials from Bradwell Crematorium.

The Council is issuing a polite reminder to visitors that pots, vases and statues placed on the lawn areas without permission is not allowed.

Rules and regulations, displayed on noticeboards, state that decorative or breakable objects are not permitted in the memorial gardens. This is to avoid interference with maintenance and damage to equipment while protecting the safety of visitors and crematorium staff.

But there are currently a large number of unauthorised memorials which is making it difficult to cut the grass. The Council has also received several complaints from people who have legitimate forms of remembrance.

Further notices are being displayed at the crematorium. Any unauthorised memorials remaining by 1 August will be removed and stored by the Council for three months so that anyone who hasn’t seen the notices can reclaim them.

Roger Tait, Head of Operations, said: “This is a very sensitive subject and the last thing we would want to do is upset anyone. That’s why we’re giving a month’s notice and storing any unauthorised items that haven’t been removed for a period of three months.

“Many visitors wish to provide a memorial for a loved one. The Council welcomes and appreciates these memorials. There are several options available at the crematorium including a wooden planter, wall plaque and seat donation scheme.

“All memorials must comply with the rules and regulations in place. We are now at a point where we need to get on top of the situation. We have periodically taken similar action in the past when a build-up has occurred.”

Last updated 28 June 2019