A DISTRAUGHT family has hit out after being told they needed their dead mum’s permission to add her name to a gravestone.
The grieving family buried their mum, alongside their dad, in Cadder Cemetery, Bishopbriggs, last month.
They have been told that their mum’s name can’t be put on the family gravestone without the lair owner’s permission - the deceased woman.
The family will now have to pay a £62 charge to transfer ownership of the lair before the work can be carried out.
The deceased woman’s daughter, who asked not to be named, said: “This is absolutely ridiculous. The council says it needs permission to allow someone to work on the headstone.
“My brother has now been asked to change the name on the lair certificate at a cost of £62 to the family.
“This is not about the charge, it’s the principle. My mum bought this lair in good faith, it was in her name. So why should we have to pay? It’s really upsetting.
“I know the council is cash-strapped, but I don’t see why this should be happening.
“Charging £62 to change the name on a certificate, when my mum bought the lair, is ridiculous.”
David Devine, the council’s head of roads and neighbourhood services, said: “Lair ownership is extremely important as the owner is the point of contact for the cemetery in the event of issues with the lair or headstone and, more importantly, for future interments.
“Lair ownership is a legal process and without it anyone could organise an interment or an inscription on any lair or headstone.
“The transfer of the lair is identified in the cemetery management rules, which are included in the paper work of all new lair sales.
“Ownership of the lair should transfer to the next of kin on the death of the lair owner.
“The £62 is the standard cost for legal process and the completion and signature on the certificate involved in transferring ownership.”