Call for action at ‘disgraceful’ cemeteries

New pleas have been made for improved maintenance at cemeteries on the Rosneath Peninsula.

Levelled: The gateposts at Rosneath's cemetery.
Levelled: The gateposts at Rosneath’s cemetery.

In April Cove and Kilcreggan Community Council heard of slippy paths and handrails buried under rhododendron bushes at the Barbour cemetery in Cove.

And last year residents in Rosneath complained that the gate of the village cemetery had been damaged three times – by Argyll and Bute Council vehicles.

Now Danny Kelly, a former councillor from Kilcreggan, says several people have contacted him about the problems.

“Barbour is a disgrace with weeds and the condition of the paths, at one access you would require Wellington Boots the water from a burst pipe is so bad,” he said.

“A relation of mine was there last week and had to be helped through the water – this was before the heavy rain, if there was a funeral to this part of the cemetery access would be very dangerous.”

The paths at the Barbour cemetery are overgrown with weeds.
The paths at the Barbour cemetery are overgrown with weeds.

He added that the collapsed wall in Rosneath was also causing concern, as well as overgrown paths.

A council spokesperson said weed treatment had been ordered and as soon as it arrived the weeds at both cemeteries would be addressed.

“We are aware that flooding can be an issue from time to time and regularly take steps to ensure that drains are clear – we will of course check this to see if any further action is needed,” she added.

“We have also arranged repair of the damaged wall at Rosneath.”