Mum devastated about overgrown graves in Blackburn

Blackburn Citizen: Mum devastated about overgrown graves in Blackburn Mum devastated about overgrown graves in Blackburn

A MOTHER has said she was ‘devastated’ when she saw the council had not cut swathes of long grass around her daughter’s grave in Pleasington cemetery.

Kaley Wilkinson’s three-month-old was daughter, Jade, died suddenly 13-years-ago and since then, Kaley has endeavored to visit Jade’s burial site at least once a week.

The mother-of-two said: “I have never seen it like this in thirteen years. I was just devastated when I saw it.

“It’s not a pleasant experience coming up to the cemetery as it is and all you want is for it to be looked after.”

Kaley and her sister, Samantha visited Jade’s grave together two weeks ago and noticing that the grass was overgrown, drove around to find someone to tell.

Finding no-one, Samantha consoled her sister and contacted both the council and the cemetery.

Samantha said: “I couldn’t get through to anyone at the cemetery and the council said that it wasn’t there responsibilty to cut the grass.

“It was horrible seeing my sister so upset and we just didn’t know what to do. I told Kayley not to worry and that they would probably get round to it in the next few days.”

Kayley returned on Thursday and said that the grass had grown so long that she could ‘hardly make out the graves’.

She added: “I don’t want to blame anyone, I just want it to be right.

“They’re only babies there, just babies and people will be so upset to see it like this.

“I cut the grass around with some scissors as best I could but there wasn’t much I could do.”

The Lancashire Telegraph contacted the council about the matter on Friday morning and by Friday afternoon, they had been out to cut the grass.

Councillor Jim Smith, executive member for environment, said: "At present, we cut the grass in Pleasington Cemetery about six times a year and the grass in this section was cut on Friday, June 13.

“This is the peak rapid growing season for grass and the weather conditions at the moment have encouraged the growth."

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1:05pm Sat 14 Jun 14

barryinthailand says...

Grass cutting, street cleaning, refuse collection and other services the council has responsibility for, always cause concern. Its not that they don't care, but the budgets they are given to do these jobs is slashed year on year. Unfortunately, doubling Council Tax to allow for previous levels of service would prove even more problematic.

I think its time we all got used to the fact that the days when money was available, have gone.
Grass cutting, street cleaning, refuse collection and other services the council has responsibility for, always cause concern. Its not that they don't care, but the budgets they are given to do these jobs is slashed year on year. Unfortunately, doubling Council Tax to allow for previous levels of service would prove even more problematic. I think its time we all got used to the fact that the days when money was available, have gone. barryinthailand
  • Score: 20

2:27pm Sat 14 Jun 14

workaholic says...

Your lucky if you still have a gravestone !! My mums grave was desecrated in Darwen Cemetery by 'Health and Safety' who toppled it over saying it was unsafe - and they just it there like that without even informing us!!!
This despite it only being around 3/4 feet high and only having been put there some 14 years ago.
Imagine how our family felt when we discovered it like this - (along with half the other gravestones in the cemetery!)
Your lucky if you still have a gravestone !! My mums grave was desecrated in Darwen Cemetery by 'Health and Safety' who toppled it over saying it was unsafe - and they just it there like that without even informing us!!! This despite it only being around 3/4 feet high and only having been put there some 14 years ago. Imagine how our family felt when we discovered it like this - (along with half the other gravestones in the cemetery!) workaholic
  • Score: 17

8:42pm Sat 14 Jun 14

shepkaz says...

When they do cut the grass it looks more bad because as in Darwen cemetery you have to spend all your visit cleaning all the grass cuttings of the grave stone,by the way Darwen cemetery is still being used as a doggy walk and toilet area by nearby residents
When they do cut the grass it looks more bad because as in Darwen cemetery you have to spend all your visit cleaning all the grass cuttings of the grave stone,by the way Darwen cemetery is still being used as a doggy walk and toilet area by nearby residents shepkaz
  • Score: 2

6:20am Sun 15 Jun 14

alan7554 says...

And how is this a Hyndburn news story,since when has Pleasington cemetery been in Hyndburn,and has the lady never heard of a strimmer or flymo.Very bad reporting.
And how is this a Hyndburn news story,since when has Pleasington cemetery been in Hyndburn,and has the lady never heard of a strimmer or flymo.Very bad reporting. alan7554
  • Score: -2

12:57pm Sun 15 Jun 14

Reasons says...

And the grass is cut in Hyndburn in these places
And the grass is cut in Hyndburn in these places Reasons
  • Score: -1

1:46pm Sun 15 Jun 14

steve18gls says...

alan7554 wrote:
And how is this a Hyndburn news story,since when has Pleasington cemetery been in Hyndburn,and has the lady never heard of a strimmer or flymo.Very bad reporting.
She would need a very long lead to her plug at home !
[quote][p][bold]alan7554[/bold] wrote: And how is this a Hyndburn news story,since when has Pleasington cemetery been in Hyndburn,and has the lady never heard of a strimmer or flymo.Very bad reporting.[/p][/quote]She would need a very long lead to her plug at home ! steve18gls
  • Score: 5

12:11am Mon 16 Jun 14

alan7554 says...

petrol strimmers and petrol flymo's are available.but as my mums grave in in Dill Hall Land cemetery I dont need it as it a well kept cemetery.
petrol strimmers and petrol flymo's are available.but as my mums grave in in Dill Hall Land cemetery I dont need it as it a well kept cemetery. alan7554
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