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Widower struggles to tend to wife's grave due to waterlogged cemetery

A DISTRESSED widower says part of Wythall Cemetery’s grounds have become so water logged that he is struggling to tend to his late wife’s grave.


A DISTRESSED widower says part of Wythall Cemeterys grounds have become so water logged that he is struggling to tend to his late wifes grave.

Eddie Li, aged 59, lost his wife last July to cancer and decided to invest in a plot at the picturesque parish cemetery.

But the Houndsfield Lane resident said in recent months it has become impossible for his family to access his wifes grave because the surrounding ground has become submerged in water.

Wythall Parish Council, which is responsible for the cemetery, has stressed the problem is not down to flooding or drainage issues and work is due to take place to bring the site back up to scratch.

Mr Li said: I find it reprehensible, especially when taking into consideration the initial cost of the plot itself.

It is a double plot for my wife and myself, however I cannot foresee my family wishing to spend their time remembering us at what can now only be described as a swamp.

I have now ordered the headstone, however have been warned that there may be delays in installation due to the poor conditions.

This situation has since worsened and we are now unable to even get to my wifes grave due to the cemetery grounds more closely resembling a pond or bog.

Pat Harrison, Wythall Parish Council chief executive and registrar, added: This is not a flooding or drainage problem, it is simply down to the amount of rain and snow we have had recently.

This is a national problem and not just something that has affected Wythall Cemetery.

We understand that it can be upsetting for families but we have been told we must wait until the ground has dried up before work can be carried out. If we start work now, we are just going to run into more problems.



Cathrina Hulse
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