Memorandum by Councillor John Marshall
I wish to give account of the cemetery within
the boundaries of the Headland Town Parish, Hartlepoolits
name is Spine Cop. Its position is on Old Cemetery Road, Hartlepool.
18 months ago its neglect was acute, its condition was serious,
its care was poor. As all County Councils, local Councils, Parish
Councils have a duty of care, I find its condition appalling.
With monies from other areas, things have improved in part, however,
its condition is far from satisfactory. It is my opinion that
government bodies are not implementing their duty of care for
these cemeteries. In Spine Cop there are some 26,000 burialsonly
some 200-300 can be seen today. If proper funding is not forthcoming
in the very near future the outer walls will fall down as there
are many signs of collapse. Its environmental, historical and
cultural significance has been ignored. Its condition is poor,
responsibilities have been ignored or forgotten, management is
poor, funding from outside bodies is slow or non-existent. Their
importance within the community from councils etc, is low.
I take heart in this enquiry and hope that a
far greater importance is placed on the provision and up-keep
of all local cemeteries, wherever they may be.