Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council, being both the land owner, and responsible for the safety of staff working in, and visitors to, its cemeteries, is committed to taking a number of health and safety measures, this is known as our “Duty of Care”, and it is a legal requirement we provide the safest environment we can for all.
All memorials allowed in to a council cemetery must be erected in compliance with the code of practise highlight by the National Association of Memorial Masons. Any memorials that are removed for our cemeteries for additional inscriptions or remedial work will also have to be re-erected following these guidelines.
To ensure existing memorials remain safe, bearing in mind that some of these may have been erected before this code of practise came into force, Dudley Council have carried out a testing programme.
Further information is available through the Memorial Safety Inspection FAQ PDF, which is attached at the bottom of this web page.
Memorials that are found to be extremely unsafe will be either;
- Identified by placing a warning sign, or
- Laid flat and the memorials owner contacted where possible.