Memorandum by Wigton Burial Joint Committee
Following Wigton Burial Joint Committee's monthly
meeting held on Wednesday 20 December, I am instructed in response
to the Press Notice 63/19992000 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
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. Wigtonfour
members, Woodsidethree members and Wavertontwo 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