Fury at the state South Gloucestershire Council contractors left Mayshill Cemetery near Yate in
MAINTENANCE workers who left a cemetery in a ‘disgusting’ state have been slammed for causing relatives to cry at the sight of the land where their loved ones are buried.
Families turned up to Mayshill Cemetery, in Nibley near Yate, last Thursday to find hedge-cutting work had been carried out but contractors had left a trail of debris and broken paving stones.
Tracey Hinton, whose father John McDonald is buried at the cemetery, said there were also muddy footprints over several graves.
“It was disgusting to look at,” she told the Gazette. “They had ripped out the hedges, stones had been moved and the kerb stones had all been broken.
“It looked like a load of teenagers had been up there ripping out stones. It was horrible.”
Mrs Hinton, 49 and from Yate, said her 70-year-old mum Nanette visited the site on Thursday and returned home in ‘an awful state’.
“I understand work has to be done to maintain the place but they could have done it with a bit more respect,” said Mrs Hinton.
“We didn’t even know what they were doing and when we called to complain we got no sympathy. It has been handled very badly. There were people up there crying because of the state of the place.”
The cemetery, established in 1973, is one of four under the responsibility of South Gloucestershire Council.
Mrs Hinton, 49, whose father has been buried at Mayshill for 13 years, said: “It is a sad fact that people are laid to rest there and this happens.
“The council is not the best at looking after it and if we knew then what we know now my dad wouldn’t be there.”
A South Gloucestershire Council spokesman said: “We have responded positively to requests from members of the public to deal with the overgrown hedge.
“We were only part way through the removal and subsequent clean-up operation on Thursday.
"However, we have now made good the rest of the cemetery where the hedge once stood.”
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