Venue: Committee Room, Council Offices, Urban Road, Kirkby-in-Ashfield. View directions
Contact: Lynn Cain
Declarations of Disclosable Pecuniary and Non-Disclosable Pecuniary/Other Interests
No declarations of interest were made.
Minutes PDF 206 KB
that the minutes of the meeting of the Panel
held on 10th November, 2016, be received and
Scrutiny Review of Cemeteries (Home-Made Kerb Sets) PDF 268 KB
The Chairman introduced the item and briefly
summarised the business from the last meeting whereby Members were
introduced to the new topic regarding home-made kerb sets within
The previous presentation had highlighted the
problems surrounding the erection of home-made kerb sets within the
Council’s cemeteries and the impact this was having on
maintenance staff and visitors alike.
There had been a ban on the installation of such kerb sets since
2007 and this restriction was contained in the Cemetery Rules and
Regulations Booklet that was currently handed out to any purchasers
of burial plots.
However, over the past few years there had
been a noticeable increase in kerb sets and these had often
encroached on land beyond their allocated plots and caused ongoing
difficulties for staff trying to maintain the grounds to an
The Panel Members had recognised that this was
a very sensitive topic and that any recommendations would need to
be considered with care and attention.
It had therefore been agreed at the last meeting that some
exploratory work would need to be undertaken by officers to enable
Members to fully explore the options available to them.
At this point Sam Dennis, the Council’s
Service Lead for Waste and Environment and Joanne Hall, the
Cemetery Development Officer, gave brief updates in relation to the
recommendations arising from the last meeting of the Committee as
Council Installation of Kerb Sets –
Officers were asked to undertake an initial
evaluation exercise to ascertain potential costs for the Council to
provide a service to install kerb sets on behalf of plot
owners. To ensure all relevant health
and safety regulations would be met, the installations would need
to be undertaken by qualified stonemasons who generally work in
pairs due to the heavy nature of the work involved.
To commission this installation work on an ad
hoc basis would cost in the region of £2,000 to £2,500
per kerb-set and if a stonemason was recruited to the Authority,
this would be in the region of £26,000 salary per year.
Purchase of Smaller Grass Trimmers
Officers were asked to investigate the
possibility of equipping cemetery staff with smaller grass trimmers
and gardening equipment to enable the grass to be better maintained
in between graves. Having considered
the proposal and taking into account good practice controls to
eliminate or reduce vibration risk to employees, it became clear
that purchasing smaller, more generic equipment would not be
feasible. The equipment currently used
by cemetery staff was of an industrial standard to allow for high
usage with low vibration.
Feedback/Comments from Cemetery Visitors and
It was agreed at the last meeting that options
could be considered for receiving feedback/views from visitors
(local and out of district) to the Council’s cemeteries in
relation to the increasing presence of kerb sets and their impact,
positive or negative, on the quality of the setting as a place of
mourning and remembrance.
Having considered the possibility of
ascertaining visitors’ views in relation to ...
view the full minutes text for item 12.