Wrexham cemetery close to capacity
The “traditional” section of Plas Acton Cemetery, Wrexham, is nearing full capacity.
Headstones, fencing and surfacing of graves are allowed in the traditional section but there are few graves left.
Once that section is full, the rest of the site will be used as a lawned cemetery, where only headstones will be permitted. The proposal was due before Wrexham Council’s executive board late last month.
Parks manager Martin Howarth said: “Changes in the management of Plas Acton Cemetery are proposed.
“Once all grave space has been used in the traditional burial section, then the remainder of the Plas Acton Cemetery in respect of full graves (excluding the cremated remains and casket section) will be maintained as a lawned cemetery.
“Providing traditional type cemeteries reduces overall capacity of the site and would align our cemetery provision with the majority of cemeteries managed in neighbouring Welsh Authorities.
“The traditional section has caused operational issues, particularly when graves are reopened for new burials, due to the fencing around the graves causing problems of access for staff and the public for the new burials.
“Maintaining a traditional cemetery is far more difficult and labour intensive. Traditional cemeteries also have a lower capacity than lawned cemeteries.”
Photo credit: Eirian Evans, Creative Commons
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