Memorials at local cemeteries to undergo safety testing in May
Safety testing of memorials in five council-owned cemeteries to ensure that they are stable and not presenting a safety hazard to visitors will take place over the next few weeks.
Notices advising that the testing is taking place are displayed at the cemetery in advance of the work being carried out. The test consists of a visual inspection followed by a hand test of the memorials stability. Only if there is an immediate safety risk will the memorial be laid down on the grave space. If a memorial is laid down, or if it is identified as a potential risk that requires remedial action then the grave owner will be contacted and asked to arrange for a stonemason to carry out the repairs required to ensure the memorial is safe.
Closed churchyards maintained by the borough council will be inspected later this year once the diocese grant permissions.
Further information about the testing or results of previous tests can be obtained from Mintlyn Crematorium. E-mail Mintlyn@west-norfolk.gov.uk or telephone 01553 630533.
Walpole St Andrew, Marshland and Hunstanton Cemeteries will be inspected week commencing 1 May.
Gayton Road is scheduled to be inspected from week commencing 8 May for a two-week period.
Hardwick Road is scheduled to be inspected from week commencing 22 May for a two-week period.