New burial guidelines in Clarendon
The Clarendon Parish Council says it now has strict guidelines for the construction of graves for burial across the parish.
The move comes against the background of several cracked and sunken graves in the Cornpiece Cemetery.
During a recent visit to the cemetery our news centre observed approximately 20 graves that had large cracks exposing the inside and some which had sunken completely.
Mayor of May Pen Scean Barnswell says the collapse of the graves is as a result of poor construction.
Mayor Barnswell, who is also the Councillor for the Hayes Division, further says it has been observed that vibrations from passing bauxite trains, which run adjacent to the cemetery, also contributed to the damage to the graves.
He says some repair work has been carried out but much more needs to be done.
The May Pen Mayor says going forward the council has implemented new measures to address construction and health concerns.
The 16 year old Cornpiece Cemetery is operated by the Clarendon Parish Council.
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