Groundswell of anger grows over state of cemetery

MADAM - Your readers may be interested in the follow-up to my recent letters concerning the Sidmouth Cemetery. I have had a number of people contact me and also have spoken to visitors to the cemetery.

MADAM - Your readers may be interested in the follow-up to my recent letters concerning the Sidmouth Cemetery.

I have had a number of people contact me and also have spoken to visitors to the cemetery.

Firstly, all the contacts I have had have been critical of the condition that the cemetery is kept in and no one believed that there were more than a maximum of six cuttings in a year.

There was agreement that no one at EDDC seemed interested and complaints were fobbed off. There was also criticism of the general upkeep, or, should I say lack of upkeep.


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One lady reporting that she filled up a watering can only to find it leaked.

Others complained of the general rubbish which lies around.

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Another lady complained that her late husband's headstone was found covered in grass and all the gold lettering was damaged.

Another caller suggested that we take all the grass to the Knowle and put it on their grassed area so they can see what we have to put up with.

I am sure that the general public want something to be done. I had commented on the condition of the grassed area at Exeter Cross and am now informed that just like the cemetery after the occasional cut all the grass lies on the field.

The reason it is clear of grass is that the mothers of the children who play there get out their rakes and clear the grass away!

I cannot see the employees of the Knowle getting rakes out to keep their back lawn clear.

I am pleased to see a gathering groundswell of support and hope that anyone who wants to join me gets in contact either on 01395 567600,by email on brian@foulkes403.fsnet.co.uk or by letter.

Brian Foulkes

1 Lower Farthings

Newton Poppleford

Sidmouth

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