Memorial inspections completed

Battle Town Council has completed this year’s memorial/headstone safety inspection at Battle Cemetery and St Mary’s churchyard . This inspection is required to ensure that memorials are securely fixed. The inspection starts with a visual inspection, followed by a hand test. This involves pressure being applied to the memorial to check for movement. Where a memorial has moved significantly under this pressure it has been laid flat.

The inspection team have reported that several memorials have had to be laid flat as they were insecure. It is the responsibility of the grant holder to ensure that the memorial is kept in a safe condition.

For memorials installed within the last 10 years the Council will notify the last known address of the burial grant holder that a repair is required. It is anticipated that the information held on file for memorials older than 10 years is not current.

Any repairs to memorials must be completed by a registered stonemason.  Visitors to the cemetery are requested not to try and refit any memorial that has been laid down. Anyone arranging for a memorial repair is requested to notify the Council office. A further inspection will be made following any reinstallation.

Anyone who has a concern regarding the inspection process or who needs to contact the Council regarding a memorial that has been laid down is invited to contact the office on (01424) 772210 or email enquiries@battletowncouncil.gov.uk