Burials: Powers & Functions

  • The general management, via the Clerk, of the cemetery in Town Lane and the old cemetery
  • To make adequate budget provision for the cemeteries and their upkeep, and to present and to recommend the same to the Finance and General Purposes Committee; following which budgets will be sent to Full Council for approval.
  • To set an appropriate level of fees for interments and all related burials issues, including the erection of monuments, within the cemetery.  To review these on a regular basis to ensure that they are commensurate with charges made elsewhere.
  • To determine and define any policies necessary to ensure the smooth running of the cemetery.  These should be in line with any policies made by the Council as a whole.
  • To set the policy and regulations for the cemetery extension which will be recommended to Full Council for approval.
  • To ensure that the cemetery regulations as a whole are workable, reasonable and up to date.  To review these regularly and to amend them as and when necessary.
  • To ensure that the grounds are kept in good order and to deal with any complaints or comments arising.
  • To maintain the old cemetery as a nature reserve and to manage it in line with Council policy.
  • To consider and recommend to the F&GP committee appropriate staffing levels where necessary, to ensure that the duty of the Council towards the upkeep of the cemeteries are met.  To consider and make recommendations on staffing issues where the committee may rightly be said to have an interest in the same.
  • To consider and make recommendations related to safety in the cemetery and to ensure as far as possible that all legal requirements are met.
  • To recommend the purchase of any  equipment necessary for the safe upkeep of the cemetery - this may be done in consultation with any other committee where that is deemed appropriate.  Where budget provision is made, such equipment may be bought without further reference.
  • From time to time the committee may liaise with other committees where there are issues of mutual interest.
  • In the event of any emergency arising, p;ower to act is devolved to the Chairman of the committee in consultation with the Vice Chairman and the Clerk.  Any action so taken will be reported at the next committee meeting.
  • To recommend the acquisition of more land for burial purposes should that at any time become necessary.
  • In pursuance of the above, to spend up to the maximum on any previously agreed and allocated budget item without further reference to Full Council.  Any spending that has not been previously agreed during the budget cycle will be sent to Full Council for approval.