accused of 'desecrating graves' at Burnham church
furious Burnham-On-Sea resident has this week accused Sedgemoor
District Council of desecrating his father's grave after staff
mowed over flowers and plants marking the spot where the cremated
remains were buried in a town churchyard.
Turco told Burnham-On-Sea.com that it is the second time this
year that council staff have destroyed ceremonial plants left
next to his father's grave - along with five others - in the Garden
of Remembrance outside St Andrew's Church.
late Mike Turco, who
died in 2008, was a well-known and influential face in the
area, having been leader of Sedgemoor District Council between
1977 and 1979.
to the council seeking a full written apology and an assurance
that the gardeners will take more care in future.
He told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "I am extremely unhappy with
the fact that once again Sedgemoor District Council has desecrated
my father's grave in this churchyard after having done the same
thing in May this year."
has also desecrated the graves of several other people who have
marked the plots where cremated remains are buried with flowers
and plants in the Garden of Remembrance. This has been achieved
by careless mowing during the last cut of the grass."
"Sedgemoor's operatives are tasked with mowing usually show
courtesy for the dead and their families by avoiding plants and
flowers but in the latest cut have failed to do so."
plants and flowers have been destroyed, leaving only scorched
and barren earth. Whilst I appreciate that accidents sometimes
happen, this is the second time this year. No such incidence occurred
in either 2008 and 2009."
carelessness is completed by the fact that one of the trees marking
the edge of the Garden of Remembrance has also been knocked over."
Alex added: "I am distraught by the fact that our plant,
which has been destroyed, had been on my father's grave in all
the summers since his death, having been alive whilst my father
was alive. Emotionally, its growth represented the continuation
of my father. This cannot be replaced."
am not prepared to tolerate such carelessness and lack of respect
from Sedgemoor District Council towards the dead. If it wasn't
that it would be a complete waste of their time, I would report
this matter to the police as criminal damage."
"I want to know what Sedgemoor District Council is going
to do so that this does not happen in the future."
"As a minimum, Sedgemoor District Council should issue a
full written apology to all the families affected by this outrage
and give assurances that operatives engaged in mowing in churchyards
will be better trained to avoid destroying flowers and plants."
damage was found on the same day that Burnham's Civic Service
was held when the current leader of Sedgemoor District Council
and other dignitaries walked past the remembrance garden.
is pictured above besides the spot where ceremonial plants were
destroyed by the council's gardeners