Cemetery rules upset

Bereaved families in St Albans have received a letter from the council warning them not to exceed new limits on where to place flowers on graves.

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Extract from council letter

The letter from St Albans Council says:

"The Cemetery Information & Regulations state that a garden area not exceeding 3' wide and 1' deep is allowed in f ront of the headstone. In the recent past this rule has not been enforced and many people now have more of the grave personalised in a variety of ways. We understand why people wish to have a larger area and we have carried out an exercise to measure all of the areas which exceed 1' and feel if we now put a limit of 4' 6" on graves in section B, the majority of graves will be able to remain unchanged but still allow the cemetery to be maintained to the high standards expected."

– St Albans City & District Council.

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Cemetery rules upset relatives

Bereaved families in St Albans have received a letter from the council warning them not to exceed new limits on where to place flowers on graves.

The letter says any grave at London Road Cemetery which has been there for more than a year should not have tributes outside an area of one foot, by four foot six.

Residents say that there have been no problems with burial sites, and many are upset about having to reorganise the graves of loved ones.

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