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Family may move man's body over graves row

The grieving family of a man buried at a Solihull cemetery are considering moving his grave because surrounding memorials are becoming 'swamped' by decorations.

Robin Hood Cemetery
Robin Hood Cemetery

The grieving family of a man buried at a Solihull cemetery are considering moving his grave because surrounding memorials are becoming ‘swamped’ by decorations.

Christine Webber, whose brother has been buried at Robin Hood Cemetery since the 1980s, said the situation is becoming so bad that ‘if money was no object’ the family would move the grave to another cemetery.

The News has been inundated with calls and emails after we reported last week on the council’s plans to restrict the amount of memorials and decorations placed aro-und the burial plots.

Mrs Webber, whose brother died at the age of 37, has welcomed the plans.

“It is very upsetting and intrusive,” she said.

“Over the last few years a surrounding memorial area has become swamped with memorials and this is overshadowing the memorial we visit. You feel like you haven’t got your own little bit any more. We visit the grave regularly to maintain it and have always taken tubs of plants and flowers but have always kept them on the slabs surrounding the memorial stone.

“We have considered the option of having the grave moved to another cemetery because the situation has become so intrusive. Obviously there would be financial implications but if money was no object I think we would do it.”

Solihull Council are consulting on the proposals, which will ban decorations like toys, lanterns and wind chimes on the grassed area of the grave. Visitors will also not be allowed to cut the grass around the grave or make alterations.

Solihull resident Josie Townley said the flowers she planted near to where she scattered her husband’s ashes at Robin Hood Cemetery have recently been removed.

“They were a few plants to make the place look a bit better but when I came back they had been ripped out,” Mrs Townley said.

“It looked even worse than before, you could still see the holes where they had been pulled out.”

Brian Patterson, who has a relative laid to rest at Widney Manor Cemetery, said he is ‘appalled’ at the plans.

“I think it is awful and very upsetting for people,” he said. “Placing flowers or a lantern is a way of people trying to cope with their grief and for some jobsworth to take that away is just appalling.”

A Solihull Council spokesman said: “We understand that people find comfort in decorating the graves and memorials of their loved ones and we are not proposing to prevent people from doing this.

“However we are proposing to set certain restrictions so that any decorations do not prevent other families from accessing their graves and memorials, and us from maintaining the grounds.

“We would encourage people to fill in the online survey at www.solihull.gov.uk/consultation by Thursday, June 12.”

 

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