Council comes under fire over gravestones

Published: 27/10/2009

COUNCIL bosses in the Highlands have come under fire for providing a £10.5million centre to help people trace their family trees while posing a question mark over the future of thousands of gravestones which provide vital genealogy information.

The dispute has arisen over a council review of management rules for burial grounds which could see the sale of cemetery plots in perpetuity replaced by a system of 25-year leases.

However, the proposal has met with “huge concerns” among people who fear that a “rent-a-lair” arrangement could lead to vacant spaces in old family plots being reused for new burials, a claim denied by council officials.

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