Eastbourne cemeteries ‘are badly neglected’

Langney Cemetery is overgrown say relatives tending their loved ones' graves
Langney Cemetery is overgrown say relatives tending their loved ones' graves

Eastbourne cemeteries at Langney and Ocklynge are once again being criticised for being unkempt after bereaved relatives have complained at the state of overgrown grass and

Visitors say the cemeteries are badly neglected with overgrown grass and a lack of maintenance.

Mandy Watson said, “I have been tending a loved one’s grave for 20 years. There is nothing more upsetting in tending our loved one’s graves, keeping it well tended, and then you look around, and all you see is this overgrown grass. If you don’t respect the dead, you don’t respect the living.”

Fellow Eastbourne resident Michelle Fuller said she had never seen Langney Cemetery particularly looking so bad.

A council spokesperson said, “The grass cutting at Langney and Ocklynge cemeteries is undertaken by the Landscape Group, every three weeks during the main grass growing season between March-October and this schedule has been in place for the last 10 years.

“During summer when the grass is growing at its fastest, it takes the team of cutters between two and three weeks to complete a cut across each cemetery. The team is working hard to complete the latest cut on Langney Cemetery and when complete will immediately start at Ocklynge.”

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