Grieving family’s flooding ordeal at new cemetery

High Park Cemetery
High Park Cemetery

A Lennoxtown woman has hit out at the state of the new High Park Cemetery after she found her son-in-law’s grave 

Georgie Scott visited the cemetery on Christmas Day with stepdaughter Heather Campbell (42), of Milton of Campsie, to lay flowers.

Heather’s husband Robert (46), who had been suffering from cancer, passed away suddenly at the end of September, leaving his wife and five children, the youngest just six-years-old.

The family were distraught to find Robert’s grave swamped and other plots under water.

They are now calling on the council to do something to improve the drainage.

Mrs Scott said: “What happened was so sad and Heather doesn’t need this on top of it all.”

The new graveyard, created on a site between St Machan’s Primary School and Campsie Golf Club, opened last summer after Campsie Cemetery became full.

Mrs Scott said: “The place was like a swamp. I know the weather has been very wet, but I have never in my life seen a cemetery in such a state.

“It must be something to do with the drainage. The council needs to do something about it.

“Robert’s grave was bad, but a nearby grave was like a pond and wreaths were floating in it.”

The Herald contacted East Dunbartonshire Council with Mrs Scott’s concerns.

Keith Scrimgeour. the council’s roads and neighbourhood services manager, apologised to the family and said the problem was being addressed.

He said: “We understand that seeing the grave of their loved one in this condition would be a distressing experience for Mr Campbell’s family and we are doing everything we can to restore it.

“There is always a period of settlement with new graves and a degree of consolidation of the backfill, which is regularly monitored and put right by cemetery staff.

“Unfortunately, the high level of rain experienced during recent storms has increased settlement in some graves.

“We aim to maintain our cemeteries to the highest possible standard to ensure that visitors can mourn in a dignified and respectful environment. We will arrange to make contact with Mr Campbell’s family, if they so wish, to ensure that they are aware of what is being done to address the problem.”