PARISH chiefs have revealed that there are only 50 plots left in a village burial ground – with the next available site located miles down the road.
Barton Parish Council confirmed that the last available part of the burial ground in Barton under Needwood will be started in the coming weeks and space is limited.
There will just be 50 spaces at the plot of land and, when it is full, people in the village will have to look all the way to Stapenhill Cemetery.
Graham Hughes, chairman of Barton Parish Council, also moved to remind people visiting graves about when temporary memorials should be removed by families and friends.
He said: “The last available part of the burial ground will be available shortly and there are only 50 plots.
“May I also remind all parishioners that under burial ground rules and regulations wooden crosses are only temporary markers and should be removed once a permanent memorial has been placed on the grave or after a two-year maximum period has elapsed.
“Wooden crosses have now been removed and stored for collection if required.
“We were not able to advise relatives as the records kept are now out of date in many cases.”
News that Barton is running out of burial plots is not a new crisis to hit the area in the past few years.
This comes after the Mail reported last year how graves less than a century old could be re-used such is current shortage of plots in the area.
Cemeteries were said to be keen on the idea of re-opening graves that are more than 75 years old to be used again as they look for an answer to the current crisis.
In a bid to ease the crisis in East Staffordshire, council chiefs confirmed it was considering using current graves which were not up to capacity, which could make room for nearly 2,000 burials.
However, borough chiefs said, despite the plans, it was currently in a ‘relatively strong position in regards to future burial space’.