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Barton under Needwood memorial wall is 'much needed' for full cemetery

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: August 20, 2014

By Helen Kreft

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A 'MUCH-NEEDED' memorial wall will be a welcome addition to a cemetery already full to capacity, a parish council has said.

Arthur Kennedy, a member of Barton Parish Council, has applied on behalf of the authority to East Staffordshire Borough Council for permission to build a memorial brick wall at the cemetery at St James' church in Barton under Needwood .

The wall will be located next to the cemetery and, if given the go ahead, would feature plaques dedicated to those who have passed away and been cremated.

The news comes just a few months after the parish council revealed there were only 50 plots left as the church opened up the last part of the burial ground.

Mr Kennedy said: "Barton under Needwood cemetery is reaching its limit for burial plots and with more and more people being cremated a place where people can visit is important.

"The wall is a much-needed addition to the cemetery and will be a welcomed addition to the area."

The proposed wall is within the Barton Conservation Area and would require the relocation of two newly planted memorial trees.

The planning application also states engraved plaques would be fixed to the wall showing the name and dates of the deceased.

Mr Kennedy added: "There is little impact adding this wall to this area. St James' church is hidden behind trees and the scale and proportions are not dissimilar to the boundary wall."

The Mail reported last year how graves less than a century old could be re-used due to the current shortage of plots in the area.

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