Call for fairer rules on grave plot adornments

Rachel Cox at her dad's grave at Stamford cemetery EMN-150829-002049009
Rachel Cox at her dad's grave at Stamford cemetery EMN-150829-002049009

A woman who was told to clear a border and gravel from her brother’s grave says she is being treated unfairly by councillors.

Rachel Cox has been looking after the grave of her brother Darren McClennon in Stamford cemetery since he was buried there in 2012.

But Rachel, from Market Deeping, was surprised to get a letter from Stamford Town Council in August telling her she had to remove the gravel and border she had installed around the grave shortly after her brother was buried.

The council manages the cemetery and imposes the rules on plotholders.

Darren’s grave is in the newer part of the cemetery, and Rachel was particularly annoyed because many of the older graves have similar borders and decorations that have been there for years.

She said: “They are not treating the whole cemetery the same. They’re not asking hundreds of people to do it. It’s just these two rows. The paperwork is exactly the same but the others are allowed borders and gravel.

“The whole cemetery should be treated with the same respect. Everyone is equal down there.”

The issue was raised at the council’s amenities committee meeting on Tuesday. Rachel was unable to go but sent a written statement. The council later e-mailed her to say the committee was sympathetic with her 
case but the issue of maintaining the cemetery took priority.

Rachel has been given an extra month to clear the plot and the matter will be discussed again at a full council meeting on September 29. Rachel plans to attend the meeting and fight her corner. She said: “There’s one rule for the bottom end of the cemetery and another for the top.”