1. BURIAL GROUNDS

 

1.1 ANIMALS

 

 No animals shall be permitted within the cemetery grounds except for:

 

 (i) Dogs which are on a lead at all times and in full control of the owner.  Dog fouling must be cleaned up and disposed of away from the cemetery.

 

1.2 VEHICLES

 

 Only authorised service vehicles are permitted within the cemetery maintained by the Parish Council.

 

1.3 CONDUCT

 

 All persons must conduct themselves in a decent, quiet and orderly manner and shall not:

 

 (i) Create any disturbance or nuisance in the cemetery.  (ii) Interfere with any burial.  (iii) Interfere with any grave or other memorial or floral tributes.  (iv) Play any game or sport.  (v) Enter the cemetery when it is closed to the public.  (vi) Deposit litter and spent floral tributes other than in the receptacles provided for such purposes.

 

2. NOTICE OF INTERMENT

 

2.1 Notice of interment must be arranged by telephone to the Parish Clerk and written details must be submitted to the Parish Council, c/o 53 Malvern Road Chesterfield S40 4DX at least 48 hours prior to the funeral.

 

3. FEES

 

3.1 All fees and charges are to be paid in full to the Parish Council at 53 Malvern Road Chesterfield S40 4DX

 

4. DISPOSAL CERTIFICATE

 

4.1 No interment shall take place without the Registrar’s Certificate or Coroner’s Order for disposal which must be presented to the Parish Council no later than 24 hours prior to the burial.

 

5. GRAVES

 

5.1 EXCAVATION AND PREPARATION

 

5.1.1 The Funeral Director to be responsible for arranging for the grave to be dug and,  where necessary, it will be shored and the surrounds covered with grass mats.   

5.1.2 Graves will be backfilled immediately after the cortege has left the graveside, floral tributes will be placed on the grave.  Floral tributes will be removed 14 days after the burial.

 

5.2 WHAT WE ALLOW

 

5.2.1 In the first six months after the burial has taken place floral tributes,only pot plants and wooden crosses will be allowed on the grave.

 

5.2.2 After 6 months from the date of the burial, at the latest, all unauthorised pots, floral tributes, planting material, wooden crosses should be removed.

 

5.2.3 The Council advises, because of unavoidable ground settlement, that headstones are not placed for at least 6 months after a burial has taken place.  This will allow thorough settlement to occur and reduce movement of the headstone.

 

5.3 EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS

 

5.3.1 This allows the person to whom the right is granted to determine who is buried in the grave and the memorial to be erected.  It does not confer ownership in respect of the land concerned.

 

5.3.2 No other person shall have a right to determine who is buried in the grave.

 

5.3.3 The right to exclusive burial may be assigned by deed or bequeathed by will to a relative or nominated person.  If the right has not been assigned it is conferred on a relative as interpreted in the Local Authorities Cemeteries Order 1977.

 

5.3.4 On purchasing the Exclusive Rights for burial for a grave or cremated remains plot, written confirmation shall be issued to the person named on the interment form and covers a period of 50 years.

 

5.3.5 Following the expiry of the exclusive right of burial the purchaser, or his/her heir or successor, will have the option of renewing the exclusive right of burial up to a maximum of 30 years or a minimum of 10 years.

 

5.3.6 Applications should be made for renewal of the exclusive right of burial within 12 months of the expiry of the previous grant.

 

5.3.7 The fee payable will be calculated pro-rata, based on the number of years applied for in multiples of 10 years, utilising the fees applicable at the time of renewal.

 

5.4 CREMATED REMAINS

 

5.4.1 Cremated remains will be buried in the area(s) allocated by the Parish Council within the Cemetery.

 

5.4.2 All applications must be accompanied with a certificate from the crematorium.

 

6. MEMORIALS

 

6.1.1 All headstones, memorials, vase blocks and inscriptions are subject to approval from the Parish Council. The Council no longer permits kerbs around graves nor the covering of the surface of the grave with any material other than grass. A copy of every inscription, measurements of the memorial and drawing of the proposed monument to be erected must be submitted prior to any permission being granted.  All applications must be fully completed with correct measurements and returned to the Parish Council with the appropriate fee.

 

6.1.2 No memorials may be fixed until formal written approval is given by the Council.

 

6.1.3 Temporary grave markers in the form of wooden crosses are permitted on the grave for the first six months following the interment date.

 

6.1.4 Following the expiry of this 6 month period, the Council may remove any temporary marker and place in storage.

 

6.1.5 The Council recognises the cost of providing permanent memorials, therefore, this date may be extended at the discretion of the Council.  This will be for a maximum of a further 6 months after which all temporary markers shall be removed.

 

6.1.6 All memorials must be installed to the National Association of Memorial Masons (NAMM) Code of Working Practice.  Any memorials that do not comply with the NAMM Code of Working Practice may be removed and result in action being taken against the monumental mason and/or the person holding the exclusive right.

 

6.1.7 Memorials, vase blocks, plaques and their inscriptions are only permitted on graves/plots with Exclusive rights.

 

6.1.8 All memorials must have the appropriate grave/plot number engraved into the base.

 

6.1.9 The maximum height of the headstone on a grave plot shall not exceed 900mm.  The width shall not exceed the width of the grave space but typically should be 600mm.

 

6.1.10 Only one vase block shall be permissible to be placed on a grave plot.  The vase must be placed within the proximity of the headstone and shall not exceed 300mm x 300mm x 300mm and be approved in accordance with Clause 6.1.1.

 

6.1.11 At no time must glass vases, bottles or other containers be placed on any grave or cremated remains plot.

 

6.1.12 When memorials are removed from graves to enable further burials to take place, all monumental masonry and foundation work, if not permanently fixed, will be removed from site by the appointed monumental mason.

 

6.1.13 All memorials removed, must be re-installed using the NAMM Code of Practice as identified in Clause 6.1.6.  Settlement periods (6 months) must be observed.

 

6.1.14 The Council shall not be responsible for damage to memorials, carried out by any persons.  The Council reserves the right to make temporary arrangements to make safe or dismantle unsafe memorials.

 

6.2 MEMORIALS – GARDENS OF REMEMBRANCE

 

6.2.1 In the ashes plot provided by the Council only one memorial is permitted per plot. All new plots within the ashes garden will be provided with a concrete slab (450mm x 450mm).  Memorials will be mounted on the concrete slab and should be typically 450mm x 450mm by 100mm high (tapering to 25mm) with integral vase.

 

6.2.2 All memorial masonry must not encroach upon neighbouring plots or impinge upon the ground to the front or rear of the plot.

 

6.3 SAFETY OF MEMORIALS

 

6.3.1 The responsibility for ongoing maintenance of a memorial rests with the owner of the Exclusive right of burial or other persons where the right has been assigned.

 

6.3.2 The Council has a duty of care to ensure its cemeteries are safe for visitors and anyone carrying out maintenance work.

 

6.3.3 In view of this the Council will organise an annual inspection of all memorials within cemetery grounds.

 

6.3.4 Where memorials are found to be in an unsafe condition the Council reserves the right under the Local Authorities Cemeteries Order 1977, to remove the risk of injury to the public.

 

6.3.5 The severity of the risk will determine what action is to be taken, however, dismantling the memorial and laying it flat on the grave surface shall be the normal procedure.

 

 

6.3.6 Where a memorial is found to be unsafe the Council will attempt to contact the owner.  Unfortunately, difficulties can arise in tracing the owner because of relocation or assignment of the deed without this having been conveyed to the Council.

 

7. GARDENS ON GRAVES

 

7.1 The Council’s cemetery is designated as a lawned area.  No gardens are permitted on the grave space following the six month grace period which allows for settlement.

 

7.2 Following the six month settlement period after the date of interment, the Council shall remove all unauthorised pots, floral tributes, and wooden crosses



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