BRIDGWATER NEWS: Headstone testing at cemeteries

BRIDGWATER NEWS: Headstone testing at cemeteries

HEADSTONES at cemeteries in Bridgwater will be tested to make sure they are in a safe state of repair.

Sedgemoor District Council is undertaking a programme of memorial testing and repair in the Quantock Road Cemetery and Bristol Road Cemetery in Bridgwater.

The work is necessary to ensure the safety of those visiting or working in Sedgemoor’s graveyards.

A council spokesman said: “Each headstone will be tested for stability and safety.  If any stone is found to be potentially unsafe, the council will take temporary safety measures and will contact family members where possible so it can be decided how to make it safe long term.”

The council has said that graves and/or memorials are the responsibility of the family or relatives of the deceased.

For newer memorials, the grave or memorial should be under guarantee and the memorial mason who carried out the original installation should be able to correct any faults, if found.