Widower has to mow grass at graveside in Dallington Cemetery

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A widower has complained about the condition of a cemetery where, he claimed, the grass was almost as tall at the gravestones.

John Barrell, from St Giles Park, in Duston, complained to Northampton Borough Council about potholes and uncut grass at Dallington Cemetery, where his late wife, Marilyn, is buried.

The 78-year-old said that conditions at the cemetery, off Harlestone Road, in Northampton, were so bad that he had even taken his own lawnmower with him to cut the grass around his wife’s grave.

Mr Barrell, who visits the cemetery every other day, said: “It’s been like this for months and every time we complain to the council we are told that the matter is in hand, but nothing is being done.”

In response to the complaints, Northampton Borough Council’s cabinet member for environment, Mike Hallam, said: “Our cemeteries are places for people to collect their thoughts and memories.

“We make every effort to keep them in good condition with regular grass cutting and maintenance.

“The grass in the cemetery has been allowed to grow for an extra week as the grass cutter has had to be repaired.

“With the mower back in working order the grass will be cut next week. We have also been speaking to a contractor to see repairs made to the cemetery’s roads and are looking to have this work completed by the end of the month.”