Anger after motorist drove over dad’s grave

Tyre marks in Old Aisle Cemetery
Tyre marks in Old Aisle Cemetery

A woman has told of her disgust and anger after a motorist drove over her dad’s grave in Kirkintilloch’s Old Aisle Cemetery.

The woman was left shocked when the motorist drove over the grave to get past another car on the road.

In last week’s Herald we revealed that a man saw cars drive over graves in the cemetery on Christmas Day.

The Kirkintilloch woman said: “There was a car parked where my dad is at rest and another car couldn’t get passed. I was standing there attending to the grave when the car drove over it, passing by my feet.

“Perhaps the driver thought the car was mine. When I asked him how he would feel it if I did the same, he just shrugged his shoulders.

“The turf is being churned up and it’s like a muck heap. It’s a disgrace that people are doing this.

“I have reported it to the council a few times. I asked if I could put a boulder on the edge of the grave to stop it happening, but was told I couldn’t.”

Residents have called on drivers to respect the dead and to stop damaging graves.

Another recent visitor to the cemetery said: “Over the festive season I was visiting the cemetery with flowers to place on my wife’s grave. I was dismayed to find the grass at the grave-side was almost completely gone, replaced by mud and tyre marks.”

Grace Irvine, the council’s neighbourhood services director, said: “This is a very regrettable incident and it is extremely upsetting when people visiting the cemetery are so inconsiderate.

“There are plenty of parking spaces at Old Aisle Cemetery, but often people choose to drive onto the site regardless. Only blue badge holders are permitted in the cemetery and we will do our best to encourage this.

“We will act on this concern and our officers will once again visit the site to see if any-thing can be done to alleviate this problem. Council staff will also ensure any damage to grave sides is repaired.

“In the meantime, I would appeal to all visitors to have respect when in the cemetery.”