Residents hit out at state of Stamford Cemetery

Full bins in Stamford Cemetery. Photo taken by concerned resident Eileen Dunkley
Full bins in Stamford Cemetery. Photo taken by concerned resident Eileen Dunkley
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RESIDENTS say Stamford Cemetery is a “disgrace” with overflowing litter bins and overgrown grass.

Eileen Dunkley, 64, of Scotgate, Stamford, and Lorna Lewthwaite, of Mountbatten Avenue, Stamford, have contacted the Mercury to voice their concerns over the state of the cemetery in Little Casterton Road.

Mrs Dunkley, who has three relatives buried at the cemetery, said she is so upset about it she is considering contacting Stamford MP Nick Boles (Con).

She said it has only been in a bad state of repair since the contract was changed in May.

Mrs Dunkley said: “Before the contract was taken over we had a wonderful cemetery that everyone in Stamford could be proud of.

“But the state of it has really enraged me. I know we have had a lot of rain but how is that an excuse for overflowing bins.

“My parents and grandparents are buried there and they deserve better.”

She said she has written to the chairman of the amenities committee Mike Exton (Con) on several occasions.

Mrs Lewthwaite’s son Andrew who was killed in a motorcycle accident is also buried there.

She said the cemetery was “nothing but a disgrace” and said the family had been forced to increase the amount of maintenance they were doing at Mr Lewthwaite’s grave.

There were also four people who complained about the cemetery during an amenities meeting at the beginning of July.

Chairman of the amenities committee Mike Exton (Con) said the contract for the cemetery, The Meadows and the Recreation Ground was outsourced to CGM after “extensive research, expert advice and full consultation”.

He said the ground staff previously employed by the town council were transferred to CGM.

Coun Exton said the town council was liasing with CGM to ensure “accustomed levels of maintenance continue to be achieved if not exceeded”.

General manager of CGM Tom Tree said: “We have been challenged by persistent and heavy rainfall, which as well as making grass and weeds grow faster than usual, has made it difficult on some occasions to access areas with our machinery.”

He said he had asked Stamford Town Council to make the contract available to all the complainants.

Mr Tree said: “I take all queries, issues and complaints most seriously.”