CCTV and toilet call for March cemetery

Eastwood Cemetery March, LtoR, Hayley North, Sandra Hayes (Grandmother),  Jemma Hayes. ANL-141127-212408009
Eastwood Cemetery March, LtoR, Hayley North, Sandra Hayes (Grandmother), Jemma Hayes. ANL-141127-212408009
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A family is calling for improvements to be made at a March cemetery.

Jemma Hayes and her grandmother Sandra want to see a toilet and CCTV installed at the Eastwood Cemetery.

They say there are a number of problems at the cemetery.

Miss Hayes, 23, of Wisbech, says the small fencing has been moved and damaged from around the plots of her family and also reported dog fouling.

But Fenland District Council, which is responsible for the site, says it does not have the resources to monitor the area 24 hours a day and keeps the site open for relatives.

Miss Hayes said: “We have had quite a few problems there. Graves are being damaged, stuff is going missing and the gates are being left open.

“People have no respect.

“We would like CCTV and toilets down there. Most of us would be happy to pay 20p to use a toilet down there.”

Miss Hayes goes to the cemetery to visit the graves of her mum Sharon Hayes, grandfather Jim Hayes, aunt Diana Hayes and great grandmother Ann Brown.

A district council spokesman said: “We deplore any incidents of this kind, particularly when they occur in cemeteries. Eastwood is a beautiful and very well maintained place and we do our utmost to keep it like that.

“We keep it open all hours for people visiting on foot because it is right that people should be able to visit their loved ones’ graves whenever they wish. The main gates should be locked by the keyholders who visit.

“We do not have the resources to monitor the cemetery 24 hours a day. We have to rely on people behaving decently and treating it with proper respect.

“That said, we will, of course, take action against anyone we find causing any damage or acting in an antisocial way, as we do everywhere else.”