‘U-turn’ anger over chimes at cemetery

Gazette: In loving memory – Marlon Sherman with a wind chime In loving memory – Marlon Sherman with a wind chime

A GRIEVING father wants tougher enforcement of new rules on decorations and wind chimes at Colchester Cemetery.

Families have been told to limit chimes, decorations and solar lights at graves in the Mersea Road site. Six trees were adorned with chimes and one had more than 50.

After negotiations with Colchester Council, families were told they could keep some chimes.

But Mark Andrew, of Cowdray Avenue, Colchester, said he and other grave owners felt let down by the “U-turn’’.

He said: “After a little pressure, the council crumpled. The vast majority of those consulted expected a dramatic reduction in chimes or their removal.”

Mr Andrew’s 16-year-old son Daniel, who died after being hit by a car in Greenstead Road, Colchester, in June 2008, is buried in a section filled with chimes. His father said: “We picked the plot because the few chimes that were there created a nice distraction. But in the past couple of years, things have deteriorated.

“People have gone overboard. It’s not just chimes in trees. There are baubles, candles, whirly, metallic things and wooden chimes that make a racket. There are toys and windmills on graves. It’s got out of hand.”

Mr Andrew has written to Martin Hunt, councillor responsible for the cemetery, criticising the council “U-turn’’ on its decision to remove items that breach new regulations.

Alison Day and Marlon Sherman, of Lethe Grove, Colchester, had called on the council to allow them to keep chimes. The couple have adorned the grave of son Harry, who died aged eight in April 2008, with ornaments and nearby trees with chimes.

The council said last week that following a proposal by chime owners to dramatically reduce the number of ornaments in trees, it would not undertake any immediate enforcement action.

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1:00pm Thu 10 Mar 11

Julietta says...

I fully understand why people feel let down by the council's decision to reverse the regulations. As stated in a previous discussion on this issue, how do the council propose to manage this situation? Or are they just going to drop it like a hot potato and let the poor staff at the cemetery deal with it?
I fully understand why people feel let down by the council's decision to reverse the regulations. As stated in a previous discussion on this issue, how do the council propose to manage this situation? Or are they just going to drop it like a hot potato and let the poor staff at the cemetery deal with it? Julietta
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1:23pm Thu 10 Mar 11

Archie64 says...

This was one of the points that I raised when I wrote to Mr Hunt, Julietta. It isn't manageable. It's just a matter of time before things end up back as they were with hundreds of chimes in the trees. This isn't just about the windchimes though, it's also about the other aspects of the regulations that have not been enforced like unauthorised benches, parking on the grass areas reserved for graves, letting dogs roam freely etc. What is happening about these things?
This was one of the points that I raised when I wrote to Mr Hunt, Julietta. It isn't manageable. It's just a matter of time before things end up back as they were with hundreds of chimes in the trees. This isn't just about the windchimes though, it's also about the other aspects of the regulations that have not been enforced like unauthorised benches, parking on the grass areas reserved for graves, letting dogs roam freely etc. What is happening about these things? Archie64
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5:09pm Thu 10 Mar 11

Marie2 says...

Do some people not realise how irritating the tinkly wind chime noise is to others, particularly when there are so many of them? It seems that a few families are hanging these wretched things from trees without realising (or caring) how much they grate on other people. This is a cemetery - a place for quiet reflection and remembrance - not some Disneyland offshoot.
Do some people not realise how irritating the tinkly wind chime noise is to others, particularly when there are so many of them? It seems that a few families are hanging these wretched things from trees without realising (or caring) how much they grate on other people. This is a cemetery - a place for quiet reflection and remembrance - not some Disneyland offshoot. Marie2
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11:22pm Thu 10 Mar 11

Frating16 says...

Have to agree with MARIE2, the last thing you want to hear when you are there for a quiet reflection on the loss of a loved one, sometimes in very harrowing circumstances, the last thing you want to listen to is the bl***y tinkle tinkle of wind chimes. But that is the way of the country these days, stuff everyone else as long as your OK, shopuld banned from all such places.
Have to agree with MARIE2, the last thing you want to hear when you are there for a quiet reflection on the loss of a loved one, sometimes in very harrowing circumstances, the last thing you want to listen to is the bl***y tinkle tinkle of wind chimes. But that is the way of the country these days, stuff everyone else as long as your OK, shopuld banned from all such places. Frating16
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2:31pm Fri 11 Mar 11

Citizen 139 says...

Archie64 wrote:
This was one of the points that I raised when I wrote to Mr Hunt, Julietta. It isn't manageable. It's just a matter of time before things end up back as they were with hundreds of chimes in the trees. This isn't just about the windchimes though, it's also about the other aspects of the regulations that have not been enforced like unauthorised benches, parking on the grass areas reserved for graves, letting dogs roam freely etc. What is happening about these things?
Why are people taking dogs into a cemetery? What's wrong with people?
[quote][p][bold]Archie64[/bold] wrote: This was one of the points that I raised when I wrote to Mr Hunt, Julietta. It isn't manageable. It's just a matter of time before things end up back as they were with hundreds of chimes in the trees. This isn't just about the windchimes though, it's also about the other aspects of the regulations that have not been enforced like unauthorised benches, parking on the grass areas reserved for graves, letting dogs roam freely etc. What is happening about these things?[/p][/quote]Why are people taking dogs into a cemetery? What's wrong with people? Citizen 139
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