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Outrage over grass cutting at Ellon Cemetery


By David Porter

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Ellon residents have taken to social media to express their shock and horror at the state the Ellon Cemetery has been left in after a recent round of grass cutting.

The Friends of Ellon Cemetery was formed to assist the Landscape Services Teams from Aberdeenshire Council and pointed out their dismay.

Councillor Gillian Owen said, “Locally residents know that the Council has resource issues both in terms of cash and people and I helped with the setting up of this group having seen what the Friends of Turriff Cemetery achieve.

"The Group has been active for roughly three years, and I think everyone will confirm that the change in the Cemetery has been fantastic.

"So, imagine the Groups dismay at seeing the mess in the pictures.”

“Many people have taken to social media to express their shock and horror at the state the Cemetery has been left in and commending the Friends on the work they have carried out which has completely changed it, its now a place that is more respectful and a dignified resting place for loved ones.”

Grass was left after cutting
Grass was left after cutting

Councillor Owen continued, “The Group has been speaking with Officers, since November, about us taking over the grass cutting.

"One of the biggest issues that hits my inbox is the state of the Cemetery once the grass has been cut and the cuttings left to rot.

"We felt we could take that over and ensure that the grass is maintained neat and tidy to respect those who are buried there and those who wish to visit to pay their respects.

" The Council had issues with Health and Safety and insurance.

"The Friends have an insurance policy which provides us with significant cover but still the Council have not budged.

"So much for community empowerment!”.

Councillor Owen concluded, “I have had exchanges with the Director and Chief Executive and hope this issue can be moved on, the Council must have a can-do attitude because with ever decreasing budgets we may need more community inclusion and barriers need to come down to achieve that.”


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