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Coun Rita Patchett at Park Road Cemetery, Holbeach. Photo supplied by Holbeach Parish Council. (4764173)
Coun Rita Patchett at Park Road Cemetery, Holbeach. Photo supplied by Holbeach Parish Council. (4764173)

Council tax payers in Holbeach are being asked how best to manage one of the town's cemeteries.

Complaints from people living near Park Road Cemetery about tree branches overhanging their gardens has led to Holbeach Parish Council wanting the public's views on how the cemetery should be maintained.

The options open to the council are either to turn the cemetery into an area of conservation, with its grass only being cut twice a year, or open space which would ensure more regular maintenance.

Coun Rita Patchett, the council's chairman of cemeteries, said: "I have tried to play an active role at the three cemeteries managed by the parish council, All Saints Church, Park Road and Hallgate.

Four benches in Hallgate cemetery, Holbeach - one is dedicated to the fromer owner of the land. (4696831)
Four benches in Hallgate cemetery, Holbeach - one is dedicated to the fromer owner of the land. (4696831)

Coun Rita Patchett, the council's chairman of cemeteries, said: "I have tried to play an active role at the three cemeteries managed by the parish council, All Saints Church, Park Road and Hallgate.

"It is important to me that these sites are maintained for the future to serve the needs of families for

generations to come.

"During one of my inspections it came to light that one of my relative’s headstones had become immersed in overgrowth and this has led me to consider the options moving forward.

"There have been lots of changes to how families mark the passing of a loved one, as well as maintaining the areas where they are interred.

"Therefore, I would like to appeal to parishioners to share their views with me so that members of the parish council have all the information they need before a decision on the future management of Park Road Cemetery is made."

Park Road Cemetery, Holbeach. Photo by Tim Wilson. Photo: SG090912-146TW. (2054601)
Park Road Cemetery, Holbeach. Photo by Tim Wilson. Photo: SG090912-146TW. (2054601)

Factors that are likely to influence the council's decision, according to Coun Patchett, include the financial burden of taxpayers, time, the opportunities for grant funding and the changing needs of families.

Although Park Road Cemetery is the main site under consideration, Coun Patchett also revealed plans ito improve Hallgate and the closed churchyard at All Saints.

Volunteers gave their time to help freshen up community space around All Saints Church Holbeach as part of Lincolnshire Co-op’s Big Co-op Clean. Photo supplied by Lincolnshire Co-op. (2589624)
Volunteers gave their time to help freshen up community space around All Saints Church Holbeach as part of Lincolnshire Co-op’s Big Co-op Clean. Photo supplied by Lincolnshire Co-op. (2589624)

Coun Patchett said: "If Park Road Cemetery was to become an area of conservation, it would see the

grass cut twice a year.

"Whereas if it were to become publicly accessible green space, there would be higher levels of maintenance, including improved visibility of headstones.

"On the one head, the principle of conservation would promote wildlife in the area but restrict parishioners and visitors' access to the headstones.

"In contrast, whereas the green space option would result in a much tidier cemetery, although this may involve more work for our park staff."

You can share your views by visiting the parish council's Facebook page @HolbeachParishCouncil or write to the Parish Clerk, Coubro Chambers, 11 West End, Holbeach, PE12 7LW.

A decision is likely to be reached at the council's next meeting on Monday, November 12.



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