Select Committee on Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs Memoranda

Memorandum by Wigton Burial Joint Committee (CEM 103)

  Following Wigton Burial Joint Committee's monthly meeting held on Wednesday 20 December, I am instructed in response to the Press Notice 63/1999—2000 to register my committee's opposition to plans for Wigton Cemetery to be administered by a nationally run organisation.

  For your information I enclose brief details on how and when Wigton Burial Joint Committee was established and how it is administered. As you can see Wigton Cemetery is run by an autonomous burial board and at the time of local Government re-organisation in 1974 the three parishes of Wigton, Woodside and Waverton had the option to hand over their Cemetery to the new District Council. It was, however, unanimously agreed that it would not be in the best interests of the parishioners to do this. Since then all three parishes have no reason to believe that this was not the best course of action.

  The Cemetery is very well maintained, has no vandalism problems and we feel a credit to the community.

  My committee wish to emphasise most strongly that they can see no purpose in changing the existing arrangements, which they feel have excellently served the community for many years and ask that their opposition to the proposals be placed on record.

  Wigton Burial Joint Committee originally established under the Local Government Act 1894 and re-established as from 1 April 1974 pursuant to Para 2 of Schedule 26 of the Local Government Act 1972 following a joint agreement of its member councils, Wigton Town Council, Woodside Parish Council and Waverton Parish Council.

  Its membership consists of a total of nine appointed members from elected councillors of the Member Councils. Wigton—four members, Woodside—three members and Waverton—two members. The committee meets monthly.

  Wigton Burial Joint Committee was established for the purpose of administration of Wigton Cemetery situated at Station Hill, Wigton on behalf of its member parishes and is funded through a rate precept and the cemetery fees and charges.

  The accounts are audited annually by the District Auditor.

December 2000

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