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Parish keen to keep graveyard

Posted on September 19 2012 at 10:30:24

A Lickey graveyard’s future is under question over the costs of its maintenance.

Sandwiched between Old Birmingham Road and Twatling Road, it is overgrown and in need of remedial work, Lickey & Blackwell Parish Council heard.

The church has warned that if the parish is unable to continue maintaining it, the graveyard may have to be closed.

Lickey & Blackwell has been paying £2,765 a year for a seven-month summer mowing contract to keep the grass in order, but this doesn’t cover other parts of the graveyard, such as hedges.

Bromsgrove District Council used to reimburse the parish the full cost of the mowing, but when those payments were stopped the parish took on the costs itself. The parish recoups some of this through charges for burials, but there are believed to have only been three in the past year.

Parish councillors visited the graveyard last month and afterwards Executive Officer Helen Doherty told The Village they regarded it as a public amenity that should be looked after.

There was likely to be a proposal at the council’s October meeting to carry out the remedial work and they were also going to look at a style of maintenance where the grass is left to grow and the only mowing is for walkways.

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