Memorandum by Mr B G Pitt (CEM 119)
I recently read an article in a daily newspaper
reporting your statement on the current situation of cemeteries
across the country running out of burial ground, we in this area
are in this situation.
The Local Authority (Labour) are seeking planning
permission on land in use as allotments, that is privately owned
by a number of land freeholders (plots) (most not cultivated at
the moment having been forced out by vandalism).
I have voiced my concern about this to the planning
office pointing out other ways of accommodating this need.
The land is zoned as farm land and has been
used as allotments since the late 1800s and is a prime site in
the middle of an urban area.
The present cemetery is nearby and as the press
article indicates there are Victorian graves covering most of
the cemetery, and that approximately 50 per cent of present cemetery
could be reused.
Other options are to reclaim derelict industrial
sites, of which there are many in Smethwick, and so create a better
investment for us all to live in.
Indeed I would like to see a nice new estate
built on this site in preference to dedicating it to the dead.
A place to live in and benefit the local area which is already
depleted of good building land, in a pleasant area.
The local area is Labour controlled and I am
sure they would welcome any input by your good self.
B G Pitt