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Memorial safety inspections

Published: 17/07/2015

Flintshire County Council is continuing its memorial safety inspection programme, with the next phase of inspections scheduled to take place in the following cemeteries during July: · Hawarden No 1 & No 2 · Treuddyn · Greenfield No 2 · Northop Road, Flint Each memorial in these cemeteries will be tested using a consistent method. The inspections will be undertaken by experienced staff who have completed memorial safety inspection training and are fully competent in this sensitive area of work. If a memorial is identified as unsafe but does not represent an immediate danger, the Council will attempt to contact the Registered Grave Owner prior to arranging for a temporary support to be erected behind the stone, a notice will be placed at the back of the memorial to inform families that the Authority have been unable to make contact with, what has happened, and who to contact. If any memorials identified as unsafe are too large to be temporarily secured they will be carefully laid flat on wooden blocks with a notice placed on the memorial and, where possible, grave owners will be contacted. It is important that the Council completes this work to ensure the safety of all who visit and work in our cemeteries. We would like to assure families that the Council is very aware of the concerns the bereaved may have and the work will be completed in a respectful manner. Further information on the Council’s memorial safety programme is available by contacting the Bereavement Services Office on 01352 703360 or 703361 or 703362.