Council staff to meet with family at Millbrook grave where dirt mound was dumped

Daily Echo: The dirt mound on John Garnham's grave at Millbrook Cemetery. The dirt mound on John Garnham's grave at Millbrook Cemetery.

“THEY promised they would put it right and they haven’t.”

They are the words of a grieving family who are still waiting for the council to tidy up their loved one’s grave after workers dumped a mound of dirt on it.

Today Christine Honour, Carol Penman and Leslie Garnham were meeting council officers at the cemetery to show them the mess that has been left behind.

Last week council chiefs issued an apology after the Daily Echo revealed the shocking scene discovered by the sisters when they visited their brother John Garnham’s grave on the anniversary of his death.

They were reduced to tears during the annual visit to Millbrook Cemetery to mark 28 years since he died at the age of 29.

But now, although the huge mountain of dirt has been moved, the sisters say the grave is still in tatters, despite council leader Simon Letts saying he will do his best to make sure everything is returned as it should be.

They say the headstone is loose, the concrete border is damaged and old flowers from other graves have been dumped on top.

Christine, 46, a nursery teacher said: “I haven’t got any faith in them now. It’s made it worse that they said they would sort it out and they haven’t. They haven’t put any care into anything.

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“I want them to see the grief they have caused us and the vandalism they’ve caused in that cemetery by not thinking. They have disrespected the whole graveyard.

“They said they would put it right and they haven’t so now we want compensation so that we can get a professional in to fix it properly.”

Cabinet member for environment and transport at Southampton City Council Councillor Jacqui Rayment said Southampton City Council officers and the cemetery manager were due to meet members of the family at the site this morning to ascertain if there has been any lasting damage.

“If indeed there is damage to the gravestone we will do everything we can to get this rectified as soon as possible," she said.

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1:31pm Mon 10 Feb 14

acid drop says...

Everyone who was responsible for this disgraceful act should be made to remove every scrap of dirt with their bare hands and any compensation should come out of their own pockets.
Everyone who was responsible for this disgraceful act should be made to remove every scrap of dirt with their bare hands and any compensation should come out of their own pockets. acid drop
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1:43pm Mon 10 Feb 14

lisa whitemore says...

acid drop wrote:
Everyone who was responsible for this disgraceful act should be made to remove every scrap of dirt with their bare hands and any compensation should come out of their own pockets.
Quite Agree but what does council expect when they use agency workers that havnt been properly trained cemetery workers, the fault comes down to management of cemeteries. Wouldnt have happened before getting rid of Cemeteries Superintendant in 2012 as his job was redundant!! When will This Labour Council actually Listen to the folk of Southampton??
[quote][p][bold]acid drop[/bold] wrote: Everyone who was responsible for this disgraceful act should be made to remove every scrap of dirt with their bare hands and any compensation should come out of their own pockets.[/p][/quote]Quite Agree but what does council expect when they use agency workers that havnt been properly trained cemetery workers, the fault comes down to management of cemeteries. Wouldnt have happened before getting rid of Cemeteries Superintendant in 2012 as his job was redundant!! When will This Labour Council actually Listen to the folk of Southampton?? lisa whitemore
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3:29pm Mon 10 Feb 14

sparkster says...

I agee with you both, sadly it seems to be more contractors now who don't have a clue about cemeteries although I would have thought anyone with an ounce of brains would work out you don't dump a mound of earth on a grave
I agee with you both, sadly it seems to be more contractors now who don't have a clue about cemeteries although I would have thought anyone with an ounce of brains would work out you don't dump a mound of earth on a grave sparkster
  • Score: 5

4:30pm Mon 10 Feb 14

anniswindsor says...

sparkster wrote:
I agee with you both, sadly it seems to be more contractors now who don't have a clue about cemeteries although I would have thought anyone with an ounce of brains would work out you don't dump a mound of earth on a grave
Need a brain to start with!
[quote][p][bold]sparkster[/bold] wrote: I agee with you both, sadly it seems to be more contractors now who don't have a clue about cemeteries although I would have thought anyone with an ounce of brains would work out you don't dump a mound of earth on a grave[/p][/quote]Need a brain to start with! anniswindsor
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8:22pm Mon 10 Feb 14

sotonboy84 says...

acid drop wrote:
Everyone who was responsible for this disgraceful act should be made to remove every scrap of dirt with their bare hands and any compensation should come out of their own pockets.
What compensation? Seems to be what they're angling for. A mistake was made, the soil moved, an apology & flowers sent but the family said it wasn't good enough. I'm not a fan of the current Labour council but in this case I'm on their side because they've done all in their power to put things right & the family seem to expect heaven & earth to be moved.
[quote][p][bold]acid drop[/bold] wrote: Everyone who was responsible for this disgraceful act should be made to remove every scrap of dirt with their bare hands and any compensation should come out of their own pockets.[/p][/quote]What compensation? Seems to be what they're angling for. A mistake was made, the soil moved, an apology & flowers sent but the family said it wasn't good enough. I'm not a fan of the current Labour council but in this case I'm on their side because they've done all in their power to put things right & the family seem to expect heaven & earth to be moved. sotonboy84
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9:27pm Mon 10 Feb 14

Rainyday says...

Don't hold your breath if it is Councillors Rayment and Thorpe and the Cemetery Manager is a waste of space.
Don't hold your breath if it is Councillors Rayment and Thorpe and the Cemetery Manager is a waste of space. Rainyday
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5:00pm Tue 11 Feb 14

magpieblues says...

No we dont we just want the breakages to be put right. People need to get their facts straight before they go mouthing off about things they know nothing about
No we dont we just want the breakages to be put right. People need to get their facts straight before they go mouthing off about things they know nothing about magpieblues
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