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Memorial Safety Testing

Memorial Safety Testing

Memorial Safety Inspection Survey

Over the coming weeks Higham Ferrers Town Council will be carrying out a safety inspection of memorials in its town cemetery. 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, write to Town Hall, Market Square, Higham Ferrers, NN10 8BT or call 01933 312075.

Posted: Thu, 17 Mar 2022 15:54 by Lauren Houlihan

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