Memorandum by the Wells Burial Joint Committee
I have been asked to raise two points regarding
1. Our District Council, Mendip, allots
the WBJC a discretionary grant which, we are told, can be stopped
at any time without notice. The District Council states it has
no statutory obligation to provide burial service in its' area
except for members of the public unable to pay for a funeral.
2. The Wells cemetery, managed by the WBJC,
is a publicly owned cemetery and subject to the non-domestic rates
levied by Mendip District Council the Committee is then allotted
a grant by Mendip District Council to pay it. The Committee appealed
against the Valuation Officer's decision on 7 August 1997 as,
in the opinion of the Committee, the cemetery has no rental value.
After all, the existing cemetery will be full by 2007 or 2008,
it is publicly owned, how can it have a rentable value?
Clerk and Registrar