Memorandum by Wigton Town Council (CEM
In response to the Press Notice 63/1999-2000
I am instructed to register my Council's opposition to plans for
Wigton Cemetery to be administered by a nationally run organisation.
Wigton Cemetery is run by an autonomous burial
board to which representatives of three parishes are appointed.
Each year the Wigton Burial Joint Committee sets its own budget
and this becomes part of the precept of the three local councils.
At the time of local government reorganisation
in 1974, Wigton along with the other two parishes had the option
to hand our cemetery over to the new District Council and it was
unanimously agreed that it would not be in the best interests
of our parishioners to do this.
Since then we have no reason to believe that
this was not the best course of action.
Although it is on the outskirts of the town,
Wigton Cemetery has no vandalism problem, is meticulously maintained
and is a credit to the three local communities. In recognition
of this the two groundsmen received a well-deserved highly commended
award in the Wigton in Bloom competition this year.
Wigton Town Council can see no purpose in changing
the existing arrangements and I would ask that our opposition
to these proposals be placed on record.