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Memorial safety inspections move to Knighton

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14 January 2020

Image of cemeteryPowys residents are being advised that inspections will be carried out on large memorials at Knighton Cemetery in the coming weeks to make sure they are safe places to visit.

Staff working on behalf of Powys County Council will start the safety inspection work at the Crabtree Walk cemetery checking large memorials - those over 1.5m - to make sure they are not at risk of falling over and injuring someone.

Cabinet Member for Economic Development, Housing and Regulatory Services, Councillor James Evans said: "Specialist staff will be carrying out inspections as part of a county programme and any memorial that is identified as dangerous will be made safe by laying it down. We appreciate that memorials are a sensitive subject but we have to be sure that our cemeteries are a safe place to visit and any that are potentially dangerous will be made safe.

"Notice warning visitors of the work will be erected in advance but given the age of memorials the council will not attempt to contact individual grave owners."

Inspection work is already underway in Machynlleth and inspectors are scheduled to move to Knighton's Crabtree Walk Cemetery in February.

More information on the work is available from the Environmental Protection Service at Neuadd Maldwyn, Welshpool. Carwyn Jones 01938 551300

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