Keep this cemetery tiday and dog-free
I write to say thank you for covering this story in your newspaper on Thursday, September 6.
I have been to visit my brother's grave recently and was appalled and upset to see the state of the Bathwick St Mary's cemetery. My family have only just had a new headstone placed at my brother's grave, and we struggled to find it, as the grass had grown to such an extent. The grass is so overgrown it is concealing the headstones of many loved ones. This is totally unacceptable.
I would like to ask Alistair Cowan "How he would feel about the disgraceful state of the cemetery if his relatives were buried there?"
His comment about letting the grass grow to let wild flowers grow is nonsense. There are no wild flowers, just overgrown grass and weeds. That is just a pathetic excuse to save money.
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I also am shocked that dog owners are allowed to let their dogs foul wherever they choose in the cemetery. It is appalling and a disgrace. It clearly shows a total lack of respect for the people buried there.
Every time we go to visit our brother's grave our shoes are covered in foul smelling dog faeces. Some of the graves are covered in dog's faeces.
Dogs should be banned from St Mary's cemetery.
There are many places nearby where dog owners could take their dogs.
If dogs were allowed to foul Haycombe Cemetery there would be a public outcry.
Many of the people buried in St Mary's cemetery do not have living relatives to tend to the graves (hence the low numbers of complaints received) but that is not a reason to let it fall in to the shocking state it is in.
I feel I must fight for all the people who have relatives buried there and this state of affairs cannot and should not be allowed to continue.
B&NES are reported to say that the reduction in grass cutting had been at the request of the Friends of St Mary's churchyards. Just who are these so called friends who behave like this? What right do they have to dictate how frequently the grass is cut? With friends like that who needs enemies?
May I also ask "How was the lottery grant money allocated and spent?"
We pay our council tax for services to be carried out by B&NES surel y we too have a right to be listened to by B&NES. So I say, please B&NES cut the grass and keep St Mary's cemetery clean and tidy and dog free as there is no acceptable excuse for neglecting the resting place of people's loved ones.
MRS G JONES Broadmead, Corsham