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Safety testing for Salisbury's cemeteries

Safety testing for Salisbury's cemeteries

Published by Jack Deery at 5:43am 8th January 2020. (Updated at 7:21am 8th January 2020)

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Salisbury City Council are doing it as part of their memorial safety programme.

From January, the Council will conducting safety tests for memorials in the city, and they are starting in Devizes Road Cemetery. 

They will be doing it to make sure that the cemeteries across Salisbury are safe places for the public to visit. 

Devizes Road Cemetery is the first to be tested

Any memorial over 625mm in height will be tested and any found to be unsafe will either be laid flat, secured with a temporary stake and banded or cordoned off to make sure that there is no risk to visitors. 

They will not be repairing any memorials though, as it is the grave owner's responsibility to do so. 

Salisbury City Council have said: 

"We will endeavour to carry out this with minimal disruption. However, we ask that any visitors to the cemetery take note of the warning signs and exercise caution near memorials during this testing."

The London Road Cemetery will also be tested afterwards with the Avenue Cemetery not needing any checks as it only opened in October 2019.

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