OUT IN THE FIELD: No comfort at Langney graveyard

Mandy Watson sent this photograph of the cemetery on Wednesday
Mandy Watson sent this photograph of the cemetery on Wednesday

The definition of consultation, according to the English dictionary, is “the action or process of formally consulting or discussing”. Nobody can accuse East Sussex County Council of not consulting on its proposals to build a new primary school on the Eldon Road site and the time, energy and cost of all the public meetings and exercises I would imagine is high. But like we all thought from the outset, the powers that be at County Hall were always going to recommend the plan be given the green light despite what anyone had to say about it. Definition of foregone conclusion: an end or a result regarded as inevitable; a conclusion formed in advance of argument or consideration.

I have always found the Town Hall clock and its Westminster chime every 15 minutes reassuring and as a new, albeit, temporary resident of Little Chelsea, I can confirm the bells do in fact stop chiming at midnight every evening and start up again at 6am. I shall never be late again.

Mystery appeared to surround the sudden closure of Langney Road between Bourne Street and Cavendish Place for the last 11 days until a phone call to the highways department revealed emergency works were being carried out after the busy stretch of road began to subside. Traffic diversions are in place and works expected to be finished by Monday.

As someone whose late mother’s ashes take pride of place on my mantelpiece (or for part of the year, in my sister’s house in Ireland), I have never found any comfort in graveyards. I shouldn’t imagine anyone is finding their loved ones’ graves, let alone much comfort in Langney Cemetery at the moment due to the appalling overgrown state of the place. The grass has not been cut for four weeks and as recent visitors say, there is nothing more upsetting than tending a loved one’s grave, keeping it well tended, only to look around and see overgrown grass.

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