Have your say on a new grave situation

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Have your say

CONSULTATION has begun on sweeping changes to the way some cemeteries and churchyards are managed.

Funeral directors, memorial masons, parish councils and members of the public are being asked for their views on new rules and regulations put forward by Durham County Council.

Personal tributes, cemetery capacity, unsafe headstones, kerb surrounds, municipal funerals, family searches and woodland burials are among a range of issues which could change under the new policies.

The authority, which is responsible for 47 open cemeteries and 83 closed churchyards, wants to bring burial services formerly provided by five of the old district councils – including Easington – in line.

Councillor Brian Stephens, cabinet member for neighbourhoods and local partnerships, said: “Each of the districts had its own policies for the management of cemeteries and churchyards.

“While we have respected these customs and practices, since the formation of the unitary authority there is a clear need for a single approach at all sites.”

The consultation runs until July 25. Visit www.durham.gov.uk/consultation or call 01207 218 745.