Don't ever think that dying is going to enable an escape from Health & Safety
Gary Smith, 62, visited the grave of his aunt and uncle at All Saints’ Church in Carshalton last Monday.
Mr Smith, who regularly visits their grave to pay his respects was appalled to find a wooden stake had been nailed into the back of their gravestone and blue twine tied round it.
He said: “There are 22 graves which have had these wooden stakes nailed to them, and the blue tape tied around them.
“They have disturbed the earth and made the stones more loose. I’m not sure what they think they are doing but these are people’s dead relatives.
That's pretty poor behaviour from the council workers. The councillors at this authority must be up in arms about it.
Councillor Colin Hall, executive member for the Environment and said: “I am sorry for any distress to the resident who has contacted your paper. We make great efforts to treat grave sites with respect."
Respect? Do you even know the meaning of the word? Is there anyone in the UK who would class nailing bits of wood to a gravestone as 'respectful'?
“However, the council is required by the Health and Safety Executive to inspect every headstone in our cemeteries and churchyards following a number of deaths and injuries across the country from falling headstones. Any that are found to be unsafe, as this particular headstone was, must be made secure.”
Good grief. Still, I suppose Mr Smith should count himself lucky the stone is still standing. In Aberdeen, they knock the fuckers over.
Will it ever stop?