Safety tests for memorials and headstones

Thursday, 20 June, 2019

Headstones at cemeteries in the borough of Havant will be tested to make sure they are in a safe state of repair.

Havant Borough Council is undertaking a programme of memorial testing in Havant, Waterlooville and Warblington cemeteries.

The work, being carried out by Norse South East, is part of a continued programme to ensure safety of thousands of memorials in our cemeteries.

Councillor Gary Hughes, Cabinet lead for Commercial Services said “The council has a duty of care to ensure that our cemeteries are a safe place to visit and pay respects. Each headstone will be tested for stability and safety.  If any stone is found to be potentially unsafe, we will take temporary safety measures and will contact family members where possible, so it can be decided how to make it safe long term.

“We always deal with these issues as sensitively as possible. However, given the age of some of the memorials it is not always possible to trace any living relatives.”

The upkeep of graves and memorial are the responsibly of the family or relatives of the deceased.

For newer memorials, the grave or memorials should be under guarantee and the memorial mason who carried out the original installation should be able to correct any faults if found.

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