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Cemetery Regulations

GREAT AYTON PARISH COUNCIL

CEMETERY REGULATIONS – GREAT AYTON CEMETERY

CEMETERY REGULATIONS & POLICY

Great Ayton’s parish cemetery is provided & maintained by the Parish Council for the convenience of residents, irrespective of faiths or beliefs.

Whilst respecting the rights of the public, regulations are necessary to comply with the law, to enable work to be carried out safely and efficiently and to maintain a suitable environment for the bereaved to lay to rest their loved ones and to continue to pay their respects in this peaceful setting.

For clarification regarding any cemetery matters please contact clerk@great-ayton.org.uk

In the event of dispute, the Parish Council’s decision is final

Eligibility for Burial:

 

1.    A resident whose normal place of abode at the time of death was within the Civil Parish boundary of Great Ayton, Little Ayton and Easby

2.   A former resident who would have qualified as above but moved directly from the specified area into a nursing/care home, hospital/hospice,        or to be under the care of their family outside the specified boundaries and died whilst in their care.

3.    Serving members of the armed forces with appropriate family connection.

4.    Former residents with a current grave reservation who at the time of death lived outside the parish boundary.

Burial of those who do not meet the above qualifying criteria is not permitted.

 

Burial regulations:

·         No interment shall take place in any part of the cemetery except in spaces numerically marked in the register.

·         Any headstone or other memorial erected on a grave must be kept in good order by the owner.

·         Horizontal memorial stones, kerbstones and headstones higher than 106cm are not permitted.

·          An application to erect a headstone is required in writing, showing measurements, design and inscription.

·          Upon the death of one partner, the surviving spouse or partner may reserve one adjoining grave space, graves cannot be reserved at any               other time

·          Reservations are made for the lifetime of the individual and are not transferrable to other persons except by special permission in                         writing.

·         Reservations are strictly limited to those persons eligible for burial at points 1 to 3.

·         Flowers and small tributes may be placed on or adjacent to the plinth of a headstone.

·         When floral tributes have wilted, they should be removed in a timely manner, artificial flowers and or any other tributes found to be in                 poor condition or seen as inappropriate for the cemetery setting will be removed.  

·         Xmas wreaths may be placed throughout December and January but, must be removed before 31 January, any wreaths remaining on  1st             February will be removed and disposed of.

 

Scattering / Burial of Ashes

·         The cremated remains of those qualified for burial may be buried or scattered in the Garden of Remembrance.

·         The cremated remains of those qualified for burial may be placed in an existing family grave with an additional headstone inscription                     added.

·         The cremated remains of those not qualified for burial may be buried or scattered in the Garden of Remembrance by special permission

·         Spaces cannot be reserved for burial of ashes.

·         Plaques may be supplied to be affixed to the ‘Remembrance Wall’ for both residents and non-residents upon application in writing.

·         All Plaques should measure 5” x 2 1/2” (125mm X 63mm) and be black or metal with cream lettering.

·         An additional inscription may be added to an existing plaque.

·         The site of buried ashes may not be marked except by the planting of small spring bulbs

·          Vases or floral tributes may not be placed on the grassed areas. (Except Xmas wreaths)

·         Standard square memorial vases may be placed on or below the memorial walls

·         When floral tributes have wilted, they should be removed in a timely manner. Artificial flowers and or any other tributes found to be in                 poor condition or seen as inappropriate for the cemetery setting will be removed. 

·         Flower tubs, statues & other ornamental items are not permitted in the garden of remembrance.

·         Xmas wreaths may be placed in the garden of remembrance throughout December and January but, must be removed before 31 January,             any wreaths remaining on  1st February will be removed and disposed of.


Memorial Benches, Trees, Flower tubs etc:

·         The Council will consider requests for the provision of memorials/benches trees/shrubs flower tubs which are to be sourced directly by                 the Parish Council.

·         Siting of benches is restricted to locations within the cemetery and other open spaces around the village at the discretion of the Parish                 Council.

·         Where benches are already in position it is possible to request a memorial plaque to be affixed.

·         Where benches without plaques are in a poor state of repair a new bench can be commissioned.

·         Design specifications will be determined by The Parish Council.

·         The planting of appropriate trees, shrubs or the placement of a flower tub may be permitted at the discretion of and in a place                                determined by The Parish Council.

·         All benches /planting, fixtures will remain the property of the Parish Council.

·         Charges will be in the form of a donation to cover the cost of purchase and installation.