From: Valerie Buckle
It is the time of year for remembrance and quite rightly so.
All those servicemen and women, past and present, deserve our thanks and gratitude.
In the same vein, do not the general deceased among us deserve the same respect? You wouldn’t think so if you visited the Ocklynge Cemetery in Eldon Road. It is an utter disgrace and this is not the first time I have notified the council that the grounds are left to overgrow.
On our regular visit to our family grave for its trim and weed, the surrounding area, including most of the cemetery itself, is completely overgrown. There is a disclaimer as you enter the site from the Eldon Road entrance, that the public must be aware of uneven ground, open or sunken graves and hazards concealed by vegetation.
You can’t even see where one grave starts and another ends and surely there shouldn’t even be overgrown vegetation.
On previous correspondence with the powers that be it was pointed out to me about adverse weather conditions, too wet, too warm etc and also that the overall upkeep of the grounds was down to the contractors. Well I say it is time to get in new contractors.
They are not doing their job. All other cemeteries and graveyards are kept pristine and treated with respect.