Overgrown graves at Penarth Cemetery - which Penarth Town Council is responsible for maintaining.

Overgrown graves at Penarth Cemetery – which Penarth Town Council is responsible for maintaining.

A Penarth resident has taken to Facebook to register her complaints about Penarth’s Town Cemetery – which is the responsibility of the Labour-run Penarth Town Council.

Suzanne Regnard says the one thing that visitors to the cemetery won’t see is anyone cutting the grass or chopping down the weeds

Penarth resident Suzanne Regnard's Facebook criticism of the state of Penarth Town Cemetery

Penarth resident Suzanne Regnard’s Facebook criticism of the state of Penarth Town Cemetery

Some  areas of the cemetery are so overgrown with grass and weeds  they’re almost waist-high and the overgrowth is encroaching onto the graves themselves.

Yesterday it appeared a start had been made on cutting the grass and three gardeners armed with strimmers were cutting back the long grass and weeds – but it’s likely to take several days to get the cemetery looking as it should.

The most unkempt areas are at the western end of the site furthest away from the main road.

Several gravestones in Penarth CVemetery have Health and Safety" warning notices stuck to them

Several gravestones in Penarth Cemetery have Health and Safety” warning notices stuck to them saying the graves have “failed a regulatory test”

Warning notices like this are fixed to several gravestones in the cemetery

Warning notices like this are fixed to several gravestones in the cemetery

Another issue highlighted by Ms Regnard is the council’s treatment of gravestones.

Several memorials in Penarth Cemetery have had yellow and black “Health and Safety” warning-notices stuck on them and they’ve been secured with plastic tape to wooden stakes driven into the ground – apparently  because there’s a perceived risk of them falling over.

The potential hazard posed by such gravestones was amongst the risks highlighted by the council in a recent internal report.

Ms Regnard – who had initially misdirected her criticism at the Vale of Glamorgan Council –  says  “And they have the cheek to put notices on untended graves!!!???!!!   How can they put 2 weeks notices on graves saying they will remove headstones unless they are tended, when they can’t even manage to keep down the dandelions.”  

Cllr Shirley Hodges (Plaid Cymru) Leader of the Opposition on Barry Town Council

Cllr Shirley Hodges (Plaid Cymru) Leader of the Opposition on Barry Town Council

Plaid Cymru Barry Councillor Shirley Hodges points out on Facebook that ‘Penarth town council are responsible for the cemetery not VOG [Vale of Glamorgan]. It’s a lovely cemetery just needs  more care and love from town council.’. 

Penarth Town Council’s only responsibilities are to look after the Paget Rooms, the Kymin, West House, three allotment sites , one children’s play area and Penarth Cemetery – yet it now spends more money that ever before, and has increased its staff to a record 19 posts.

This year Penarth Council’s current Labour-run administration raised its precept (the part of council tax charged to local residents) to an all time record high – and is now trying to persuade the Vale of Glamorgan Council that it should take over the Vale’s responsibilities  for grass-cutting of all public areas of the town.

In some areas of Penarth Cemetery the weeds are almost waist-high.

In some areas of Penarth Cemetery the weeds are almost waist-high.

Ms Regnard says on Facebook  “I visited my relatives grave there again on Sunday…. I have never seen the cemetery looking so dishevelled….what’s happening ??

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  1. Christopher David says:

    Awful and what has the world come to when jobs worth’s can afford time and money to put H&S warnings on small gravestones. Some of these stones may not even have families to look after them or it maybe the only ones left are elderly. Those elderly are supposed to get up in the morning and add to their survival list- gravestone health and safety check.

  2. Ford Prefect says:

    If we want more public spending on infrastructure etc, people need to realise that it has to be paid for. We cannot simultaneously demand better public spending and lower taxes. Successive governments have been obsessed with cutting taxes, so I find it unfair to blame the council, when they have their money sent from above.

    • Howard Wilkins says:

      What utter bollocks – did you read the report? They have 19 people in the team – 19!

      • Lindsay says:

        Moderator – is this not profanity?

      • Emma says:

        How many of the 19 do you think actually do the grounds work ? Let’s try and work it out then . Eight staff west house and one cleaner. Three static officers and a seasonal worker . Three casual for the cinema . Four duty officers with one being advertised online . So I’m guessing that only 4/5 are working on a rota (online job description) to cover all the sites they have . So let’s take into account holidays and sick what’s left ?

      • Graham Breller says:

        Aw… now you’re just spoiling the fun with your blasted facts!

  3. Christopher David says:

    Oh and we could manage time, money and resources better. Including sickness problems.

  4. Fiona Whitfield says:

    Upsetting as my Father and Grandparents are buried here im working and I don’t get up there as often as I should as live up the top of Penarth and will now get bus up there Im frightend now of what I may find

  5. Anne Greagsby says:

    History abounds in graveyards. Gravestones are precious. Peoples who buried their dead said much about themselves and those who had died. Acute observation with the eye of a detective will yield evidence: the names of people buried here, their familial relationships, their religious beliefs, their social standings, their technological knowledge, their cultural symbols, and their artistic ideals.

  6. Harry says:

    But people pay a hefty price for the graves in the first place

  7. snoggerdog says:

    give me a overgrown cemetary everytime, much better than a bowling green cemetary,wild flowers are slagged off poisoned pulled up called names(weeds) i would be very happy to lay amongst the wild flowers& grasses. no volunteers please theres already a queue!

  8. Mark Foster says:

    And death shall have no dominion.
    Dead man naked they shall be one
    With the man in the wind and the west moon;
    When their bones are picked clean and the clean bones gone,
    They shall have stars at elbow and foot;
    Though they go mad they shall be sane,
    Though they sink through the sea they shall rise again;
    Though lovers be lost love shall not;
    And death shall have no dominion.

    (Dylan Thomas)

    • Mark Foster says:

      Well he died of drink in NYC they say.

      The morning is flying on the wings of his age
      And a hundred storks perch on the sun’s right hand.

  9. Ford Prefect says:

    That church could be converted into some lovely flats.

  10. Clare Morgan says:

    Also there are items eg go kart , washing machine and dismantled motor bike there as obviously someone thought it was the tip due to the state of it there , so disrespectful

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