State of cemetery “appalling” - Cllr

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AN ELLON councillor is demanding action to tidy up the town’s cemetery, after discovering the paths had been left in a state of disrepair over the Christmas period, with a huge pile of earth dumped near a grave.

Cllr Gillian Owen said that she was alerted to the state of the bottom path while paying respects to family members interred at the cemetary, alleging that a pile of earth was being allowed to over-run a nearby lair without being contained.

Cllr Owen commented: “The state of the path along the bottom of the Cemetery is appalling and the spoils storage area is a complete disgrace. Soil is almost covering the grave along side it, as well as the path around. Such disrespect for someone’s final resting place is unacceptable.”

She added: “I have contacted the Principal Landscape Officer and I have been assured that the materials will be removed at the earliest opportunity, and that from now on only sufficient earth will be stored to cover the needs of the Cemetery. Once the spoils pit has been emptied, that section of the path will be replaced. The long term plan when the majority of lairs in that area are full will be to grass over the path.”