Plea for costs to run cemetery

A small council that is being asked to run a local cemetery is being denied information on running costs, county councillors have been told.

East Chevington Parish Council’s attempts to gain details from the county so it could plan its budget had come to nothing, member Glen Sanderson told the December meeting of the full county council last week.

He said it was a pressing issue as the parish has to fix its budget by January 25.

Council Deputy Leader Roger Styring said the costing of cemeteries was being reviewed and the transfer would be taken forward with parish councils.

Coun Sanderson replied: “It’s actually a very short timescale that we are giving those parish councils, isn’t it? I think in all fairness it’s not really the most reliable way of doing it.”

Coun Styring said: “It isn’t within our gift to predict what the budget will be.”