Once again the Labour-controlled Penarth Town Council is being criticised for failing to carry out basic maintenance of the grounds of Penarth Cemetery
The town council – which describes itself as “ambitious” – imposed the highest ever precept on local council-tax payers from last month and now employs more than 20 staff – but actually only has 3 statutory responsibilities. They are:-
- Operating and maintaining Town-Council-owned or leased properties (Paget Rooms, the Kymin and West House)
- The management of Penarth Allotments (what are now called “Leisure Gardens”)
- Running and managing Penarth Cemetery.
The responsibility for the maintenance and oversight of Penarth Cemetery is one of the Town Council’s most basic functions – but yet again it is coming in for criticism from local residents for not carrying-out proper maintenance of the grounds.
Local resident Clare Morgan told PDN “I would like to raise my concerns about the disgraceful state of Penarth Cemetery . It currently resembles a wilderness , all overgrown and grass almost knee-high in places.”
A number of bereaved family members are now said to be taking matters into their own hands and visiting the cemetery equipped with gardening tools to tidy up the neglected graves.
Ms Morgan says: –” A cemetery should be a tranquil area where people can visit the graves to reflect on their memories and pay their respects not have to go armed with strimmers and shears, to do what Penarth Town Council have failed to do – yet again .”
A number of gravestones in the cemetery are still unsafe following a survey carried out some time ago and are strapped to wooden posts with yellow notices warning mourners not to touch them.
Penarth Town Cemetery now comes under the “Venues” Committee of Penarth Town Council which has yet to meet following the May 4th election in which a Labour administration was re-elected – although with a reduced majority.