Memorial Safety Inspections are being carried out in all of our cemeteries week commencing 12 November 2018 for up to 3 months.
Since Victorian Times memorials have been erected at the head of graves as a permanent reminder of those buried within.It is often wrongly assumed that memorials are permanent structures, installed to the highest standards, and will last forever without need for repair.
Unfortunately, this assumption has cost the lives of a number of people nationally in recent years, most of whom have been children, and there have been countless accidents ranging from bruising to severe crush injuries and bone breakages. Local authorities now have to tackle years of neglect and in some cases poor workmanship. The memorials do not belong to the council; they remain the property and the responsibility of the Deed Holder to the Exclusive Rights of Burial.
St Neots Town Council has Health and Safety responsibilities to its employees, contractors and visitors to cemeteries. The council has a responsibility to staff (Section 2 Health and Safety at Work Act 1974) and a responsibility to visitors (Section 3 Health and Safety at Work Act 1974). The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 places a legal duty on the council to assess the risks from cemetery structures and work activities and ensure that the risks are controlled.
St Neots Town Council have engaged the services of an Independent Memorial Inspection Company. They have extensive training and qualifications such as National Association of Memorial Masons (NAMM) Institute of Crematorium and Cemeteries Management (ICCM), Ministry of Justice (MoJ) and Health and Safety. The inspections will be carried out with care and respect.
When the memorial inspection company identify unsafe memorials through this inspection programme St Neots Town Council have a responsibility to ensure such memorials are not a danger to visitors and employees in the burial ground. Where possible, St Neots Town Council will contact the owner, advise them of the problem and ask them to make the memorial permanently safe, usually by having it re-fixed. Obviously, if there is a clear defect with the way in which the memorial was installed then the owner may have some redress through the memorial mason who originally installed it, please refer to the contract with the memorial mason for their terms and conditions. If not, they will have to pay for the memorial to be installed to an approved standard.
If you require any further information, please contact our offices on Tel: 01480 388911
Residents may have noticed some interesting works being carried out on the green adjacent to St Neots Rowing Club recently.
St Neots Town Council is currently in the process of installing a memorial to Saint Anselm, the first Archbishop of Canterbury who visited the former Medieval Priory of St Neots.
Stones which derived from the Lost Priory of St Neots were salvaged from the Eaton Socon Lidl site and are being incorporated within the memorial design, which echoes an early Medieval well.
When finished the new memorial will form part of the St Neots Heritage Trail; information boards will be installed next to the memorial telling the story of St Anselm and how he came to be associated with St Neots.
St Neots Eynesbury Ward – Elected Parish Councillors
- COLLINS, Diana Elizabeth – Putting St Neots Residents First
- COOPER-MARSH, Justin Christopher – Putting St Neots Residents First
- GREEN, Caroline Ann – Putting St Neots Residents First
- SPEED, Emma Jayne – Putting St Neots Residents First
- TERRY, Doug – Putting St Neots Residents First
St Neots Priory Park Ward – Elected Parish Councillors
- CHAPMAN, Barry Stephen – Putting People before Politics
- DAVIES, Paul – Putting People before Politics
- JOHNSON, Delphine Colette Antoinette – Putting People before Politics
St Neots Church Ward – Uncontested Election
- GREEN Christine Rosemary – Labour Party
St Neots Crosshall Ward – Uncontested Election
- GILES Sandie – Putting St Neots Residents First
St Neots East Ward – Uncontested Election
- FERGUSON Stephen William – Independents for Love’s Farm and Wintringham
- GREGSON Caroline Julie – Independents for Love’s Farm and Wintringham
- HOLMES Colin Robert – Independents for Love’s Farm and Wintringham
- PITT Ben – Independents for Love’s Farm and Wintringham
St Neots Eaton Ford Ward – Uncontested Election
- GILES Derek Arthur – Our Community my Priority
- ROGERS Charles John – Our Community my Priority
- THORPE Gordon Sydney Edward – Our Community my Priority
St Neots Eaton Socon Ward – Uncontested Election
- BANKS Barry Sidney – Our Community my Priority
- EYRE Derek Anthony – Our Community my Priority
- MASLEN Colin John – Our Community my Priority
St Neots Priory Park South Ward – Uncontested Election
- SLADE Richard Andrew – Neotists
The Town Council now provides free Wi-Fi to all visitors in all of its council buildings.
St Neots deserves more, can do more and could benefit from £5.8million pounds of new investment! That is the overall finding of a recently completed ‘St Neots Masterplan for Growth’ commissioned by the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority and conducted in collaboration with Huntingdonshire District Council and St Neots Town Council.
Friday 19 January, saw the inaugural meeting of the new multi‐agency Steering Group that will drive forward the recommendations in the plan and begin to shape and implement a delivery programme of activities across the Town.
The group will be chaired by former Deputy Mayor of the Combined Authority and Huntingdonshire District Councillor, Robin Howe. The people involved are representatives from the Town, District and County Councils, including the Mayor of St Neots, Cllr Derek Giles and importantly also incorporating local business people and expertise being drawn from industry, education and skills, transport, planning and property.
The Masterplan is the first of a series to be commissioned by the Combined Authority to help determine how best to maximise regeneration and reinvigoration of key market towns of Cambridgeshire, that maximises their potential as vibrant places to live, work and relax.
Derek Giles, Mayor of St Neots and District Councillor for Eaton Socon ward, said: “St Neots is the largest town in Cambridgeshire and all too often is seen as the forgotten town by many residents. At long last we will enjoy much needed investment to help fund and promote our town to become a vibrant and great place to live and work in.”
Graham Bull, Executive Leader of Huntingdonshire District Council, said: “This exciting project is designed to unlock the potential of St Neots as a key Town in our District that can be an even better place to live, learn and work and can also set the standard for ensuring a successful formula can be found to develop our other market towns in the district into the future.”
Mayor of the Cambridge and Peterborough Combined Authority, James Palmer, said: “I want all the market towns of Cambridgeshire to become vibrant economic and social centres; growth hubs if you like, where people can find jobs, affordable housing and efficient transport systems and I believe the St Neots Masterplan initiative is a big step toward achieving this objective.”