Overgrown churchyard labelled a disgrace
1:08pm Friday 25th October 2013 in Ammanford news
Llandeilo town council has labelled the graveyard at St Teilo’s church a disgrace.
The comments came after the council received a complaint from a visitor to the town who had been unable to lay flowers at the graves of her relatives.
Mrs PA Griffiths, of Penygroes, contacted the town clerk to describe how she and her husband made regular visits to the graves of her great-grandparents, grandparents and aunt.
However, on their latest visit they were disappointed to discover the graveyard had become so overgrown they were unable to get anywhere near the burial plots.
“We could not reach the graves at all,” Mrs Griffiths said in her letter.
She went on describe how on previous visits she had brought a strimmer to tidy the plots herself, but even that had proved impossible on her latest visit.
Deputy mayor Neil Craven-Lashley agreed that the situation was unacceptable.
“The churchyard is a disgrace,” he said.
“It is the gateway into Llandeilo and has the potential to be a real beauty spot and a great advertisement for the town.”
Cllr Robert Jones, who also serves on the parish council, explained that previously the graveyard was cut twice a year, but due to various reasons that had not been possible this year.
“It is a huge job,” Cllr Jones said.
“We known it is in a state and we are look at ways we can deal with it.”
However councillors expressed concern over a £1,000 annual donation given by the council to the church specifically earmarked for “maintaining the churchyard”.
In addition, the council gave an additional £500 earlier in the year to help cover the cost of cutting down of a tree which had been deemed unsafe.
Cllr Jones said: “If it were not for the donations given by the council we would struggle.”
Councillors agreed to formally contact the parish council to clarify the position regarding churchyard maintenance.
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