There's no respect

This Is Wiltshire: Mary Holloway, who has relatives buried in Trowbridge Cemetery, is unhappy with the unkempt grass       Photo: Trevor Porter Mary Holloway, who has relatives buried in Trowbridge Cemetery, is unhappy with the unkempt grass Photo: Trevor Porter

DISTRESSED relatives and friends of people buried at Trowbridge Cemetery say it is a mess because of a lack of grass cutting. Mary Holloway, who lives in Marston Road, Trowbridge, said she is just one of a number of visitors to the cemetery who have started taking a hand mower to cut the grass surrounding graves of family and friends.

Mrs Holloway, 66, looks after the graves of both her son, who died in December last year, and her mother, who has been buried at the cemetery since 2002, but insists that it has never been in worse condition. The cemetery is maintained by Wiltshire Council’s highway contractor Balfour Beatty Living Places which has come under fire from residents and councillors recently over its failure to cut grass. The contractor has apologised for the state of the cemetery.

Mrs Holloway said: “I spoke to a young lad who was up there cutting it recently and he couldn’t apologise enough, but he said he had never done a cemetery. It needs doing regularly this time of year, but that is not happening and it constantly looks in bad condition. I only lost my son at Christmas and it’s not nice to see it like that. “It’s very upsetting going up there. It’s ridiculous to see the grass so untidy and you wouldn’t know it was a cemetery if it wasn’t for the gravestones.”

A council scrutiny committee investigated a controversial £150 million contract, taken on by Balfour Beatty in June 2013 when residents complained about uncut verges and hedgerows. The report from the scrutiny committee in January said the contractor’s performance was satisfactory, but highlighted areas for improvement. Trowbridge town and Wiltshire councillor Jeff Osborn said: “You would have thought that they could at least keep the cemetery tidy out of a sense of respect... Balfour Beatty really needs to get a grip.”

A council spokesman said Balfour Beatty had apologised for not cutting the grass and was deploying extra dedicated teams to put it right, with cutting to take place fortnightly.

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7:34pm Fri 30 May 14

Room101 says...

You can only apologise so many times before it becomes a joke.
You can only apologise so many times before it becomes a joke. Room101
  • Score: 13

10:50am Sat 31 May 14

eureka+ says...

this is no joke, and although I have every sympathy with cemeteries in an unkempt state, just look at the standard of grass verges and pavements.. it is shocking that when a verge is being cut, it is in a worst state than when left wild.. Balfour Beatty should be sacked and all the monies earned, to be refunded to the Council for shoddy workmanship.. it is nothing short of day- light robbery
this is no joke, and although I have every sympathy with cemeteries in an unkempt state, just look at the standard of grass verges and pavements.. it is shocking that when a verge is being cut, it is in a worst state than when left wild.. Balfour Beatty should be sacked and all the monies earned, to be refunded to the Council for shoddy workmanship.. it is nothing short of day- light robbery eureka+
  • Score: 4

2:35pm Sat 31 May 14

crazyladyz says...

they just leave the cut grass once cut looks awful why dont they pick up the grass after cutting it this make more mess when left and i have even seen them just go over the litter , which we are meant to have a litter picker up as it states in the breakdown of your rent under estate charges what a joke
they just leave the cut grass once cut looks awful why dont they pick up the grass after cutting it this make more mess when left and i have even seen them just go over the litter , which we are meant to have a litter picker up as it states in the breakdown of your rent under estate charges what a joke crazyladyz
  • Score: 1

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