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Higham Ferrers Town Council

Serving the people of Higham Ferrers

Mayor 2017 - 2018

Clerk: Mrs Sandra Mitcham
The Town Hall, Market Square
Higham Ferrers
Northamptonshire NN10 8BT

Tel: 01933 312075

Memorial Safety Inspection Survey

Posted: Tue, 13 Jun 2017 14:17 by Danielle Edwards

Memorial Safety Inspection Survey

On the 21st and 22nd June, Higham Ferrers Town Council will be using a contractor to carry out a safety inspection of all those memorials in the oldest part of the town cemetery and any memorials in the cemetery over 1.5m in height.

The Town Council manages the cemetery which includes grounds maintenance and cemetery memorials. Under the Local Authorities Cemeteries Order 1977, Article 3, the Town Council is empowered to take immediate action to make safe dangerous memorials. Any memorials which are considered unsafe and an immediate danger to the visiting public will be made safe by the contractors and owners of the affected memorials will be notified in writing at their address registered with the cemetery.

Memorials that are found to be unsafe but not an immediate danger will be identified by a notice fixed to the memorial stating the memorial is a potential danger and that it should not be touched. The owners of the affected memorial will be notified in writing.

All private graves, with their memorials, should be kept in good repair by their owners. Notice will be sent to the owner if repairs are required. If repairs are not made within 3 months then the Town Council can carry out the repairs or remove the memorial at the expense of the owner. Re-instatement of the memorial will also be at the expense of the owner. If you're concerned about the safety of a memorial you own you should consult and employ a registered monumental mason.

For more information about the survey, please email the Town Clerk at info@highamferrers-tc.gov.uk or write to Town Hall, Market Square, Higham Ferrers, NN10 8BT.

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