Concerns over state of cemetery in Lennoxtown

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MORE must be done to keep a village graeyard in good condition, it has been claimed.

Campsie and Kirkintilloch North councillor Charles Kennedy says he has been contacted by a number of constituents about Campsie Cemetery, in Lennoxtown.

They’ve raised concerns about gravestones subsiding and decaying wreaths and flowers which have been left on top of graves.

He said: “I cannot emphasise enough the need for the graveyard to be kept in pristine condition.

“These are very precious and sensitive areas and I am extremely concerned by the fact that constituents are complaining about the general condition of the cemetery.

“It’s totally unacceptable and needs to be addressed very quickly.”

David Devine, head of roads and neighbourhood services at the council, says there is a programme of regular maintenance for all council cemeteries and Lennoxtown is no exception.

He emphasised: “The paths and roadways are mechanically brushed each month and the grass cut 14 times a year.

“The bin at the cemetery is emptied twice a week on a Monday and Friday.

“As a matter of respect, wreaths are left lying until they are completely spent, so as not to cause any unnecessary distress to friends, family and loved ones.”

He added: “Sinking graves are a natural process and are dealt with as part of the regular maintenance carried out in our cemeteries.

“At this time, works to level off the areas around sinking graves are currently being carried out at Campsie Cemetery.”

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