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Concern after cemetery left in a “disgusting mess”

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Concern after cemetery left in a “disgusting mess”

By timesecholife on in All News, Community News

Concerns have been raised over the state of a Moorlands town’s cemetery after it has been mowed. Sarah Ratcliffe posted her concerns about Cheadle Cemetery on Facebook.

Concerns have been raised over the state of a Moorlands town’s cemetery after it has been mowed.

Sarah Ratcliffe posted her concerns about Cheadle Cemetery on Facebook last Wednesday (August 25). She said: “I have visited the cemetery today as I do frequently and I don’t think I have seen such a disgusting mess that has been left by whoever does the mowing?

There is loose grass and weeds everywhere including over all the graves? Maybe if they mowed a bit more frequently this wouldn’t look such a mess?

They obviously just don’t care enough and don’t take pride in their jobs? Not nice to see when the majority of grave-owners keep their graves so tidy.”

A number of people commented on Sarah’s post. One said: “That’s disgusting, I was up there yesterday and said how untidy it looked with the grass not mown but this is worse. No care in this at all.”

Another said: “This is a joke. They genuinely don’t care at all and this isn’t the first time it has happened.”

While another said: “Sadly it’s been like this for years, we’ve had items damaged with strimming etc and was told they shouldn’t be on there in the first place.”

Sarah further told the Times & Echo: “I know I’m very much not on my own in feeling let down by whoever tends to the cemetery.

I think the main problem really is that they leave it too long between mows, and then when they finally do it they are strimming rather than mowing and blowing it all round.

I was appalled the other day. I went up yesterday with my rake and brush and spent an hour and a half tidying up.”

The Times & Echo contacted Cheadle Town Council about the concerns over Cheadle Cemetery, as they maintain the site. In response, Deputy Clerk of Cheadle Town Council, Rachel Parker, said: “The town council are aware that there has been grass cutting issues this week within the cemetery, our workforce reported and tried to rectify the issue as soon as it became apparent.

Our workforce work tirelessly to look after our cemetery and take pride in ensuring that it is a respectful resting place.”

Rachel added: “The council hasn’t received any formal complaints in relation to this. Cheadle Town Council would like to offer our sincere apologies if this has caused any distress.

Should visitors of the cemetery have any concerns please contact the council directly on 01538 754288 or rachel@cheadletowncouncil.com so we can assist with these matters.”

Cheadle Town Mayor, councillor Sue Walley, added: “I am aware that recent grass cutting at the cemetery has caused some public concern.

Our workforce are highly aware of the sensitivity that any work in the cemetery can cause.

They maintain high standards in the work done for Cheadle Town Council. I apologise for any distress caused.”

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