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Thursday, 25 December 2014

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Mum’s distress as spending cuts hit crematorium grass

A Workington mum says she is distraught after being unable to reach her son’s memorial tree at Distington Crematorium because the grass was too high.

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DISTRAUGHT: Lynn Marr, of Wesley Court, Workington, was unable to reach her son’s memorial tree at Distington Crematorium because the grass was too high

Lynn Marr, 64, of Wesley Court, visited the tree on the anniversary of her son Ronald’s death, but the waist-high grass prevented her and her family from standing where they scattered his ashes.

Copeland council, which manages the crematorium, confirmed that it could not cut the grass because of government spending reductions.

Councillor Peter Kane said: “Sadly our funding from government has been cut so dramatically that we’ve had to make some very difficult decisions.

“In some areas at the crematorium we are now only able to make one cut a year, in October or November.”

But Mrs Marr said she felt the council was letting people down.

She said: “This is the place where we chose to lay our loved ones to rest.

“They deserve the dignity in their death and their families deserve the respect to have a properly looked-after crematorium.

“It broke my heart to see it and it was almost like losing him all over again.

“Surely there’s a group that could take it on for the council to make sure the crematorium grounds are a place of peace and not a wild, overgrown mess.”

Coun Kane added: “We appreciate this is less than before and we apologise for any distress or inconvenience. We are still maintaining the entrance and exit, and the area in front of the building, to the previous high standard.”

Have your say

Give me a lawnmower and I'll do it. For goodness sake, spending cuts are one thing but this is too much.

In the meantime the councillors expense claims are alive and kicking and I'm sure the Chief Executive and his bungling half witted Directors will be making sure they get their petrol allowance and business lunches at the tax payers expense.

It's just not right.

Posted by Frank on 30 June 2014 at 19:03

If money is not available to cut the grass, this could be made a beautiful wildflower meadow with poppies, cornflowers and corn marigolds for little cost and would be preferable for grieving families than a 'wild, overgrown mess'.

Posted by Janet W on 27 June 2014 at 20:57

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