Grass cutting and an issue of respect

MADAM - I congratulate Brian Foulkes on his excellent letter in last week s Sidmouth Herald regarding the lack of grass cutting at our cemetery.

MADAM - I congratulate Brian Foulkes on his excellent letter in last week's Sidmouth Herald regarding the lack of grass cutting at our cemetery.

A few months ago, I also complained to EDDC about this matter. Without exaggeration, the grass and flowered weeds were 10 inches high in places. I found the attitude of the person I spoke to on the phone unfriendly, uncaring and unhelpful. (Also unapologetic).

When I asked how often the grass was cut, I did not get a straight answer. I pressed the point and was eventually told "about every six weeks". Obviously, this is unsatisfactory during the summer months. When I remarked that if nothing was done soon I would contact the Sidmouth Herald, the response was: "Well, that's your prerogative."

Like Mr Foulkes, I fully accept that the cemetery does not require the same care as the bowling green, but surely it is not unreasonable to expect it to be better tended than it is.

Clearly, whatever the grass cutting schedule is, it is not working adequately. So why isn't the schedule changed? I notice that the grounds at the Knowle are not left in a state of neglect. Neither are there large clumps of grass left strewn everywhere after mowing.

EDDC, this really is not good enough. Please show more respect for the dead and the bereaved and fulfil your responsibility.

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