Grieving families to meet with councillors over Brockworth burial ground controversy
GRIEVING families will meet with Brockworth Parish Council to discuss upset over the burial ground rules.
They spoke out in December after being told to remove mementos from loved ones graves.
Villagers were at a meeting last night to fight their corner.
Former parish councillor Sara Stevens was upset when the council ordered small ornaments to be removed from her mum Sue's graveside.
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She said: "I would like to know who makes the decision of what has to be removed and what can stay?"
Parish chairman Jim Hunt said: "It's made up by the parish clerk and staff who go to the burial ground."
Sara said: "A lot of people in the village are upset.
"I have taken the time to go to the House of Commons library and look at the rules and have gone round other councils.
"Yours seem to be mega tough compared to other villages.
"I can understand you don't want it to be a state but you have to have a little bit of care too."
Mr Hunt said: "The rules have been set out and there are a lot of other councils who are a lot stricter than us."
Sara asked for the rules to be reconsidered and pleaded for the council to 'be sensitive'.
Mr Hunt said a meeting would be organised between villagers and a group of councillors.
He added: "We don't know about making new rules.
"They would have to come back to the council.
"They aren't being changed at the moment."
After the meeting Sara said: "I will go to the meeting but that doesn't mean they have won us over.
"I don't want it changed completely but want a compromise."
A date is yet to be set.