Search

Rain-flooded graves cause change in Romford cemetery arrangements

07:00 02 February 2014

Heavy rainfall is flooding new graves and has caused Havering Council to change the funeral arrangements at one cemetery.

Constant wet weather over the last few months has caused high water levels and the council have now decided no burials will take place at Romford Cemetery, in Crow Lane, before 11am.

This is due to graves dug the day before a funeral filling up with water and being at risk of collapse when diggers reach the required levels.

The decision came into effect on Wednesday, and means graves will now be dug on the morning of the funeral for the immediate future.

Cllr Lesley Kelly, cabinet member for housing and public protection, said: “We have not taken the decision lightly but must do this as we cannot risk graves flooding or collapsing.

“We know bereavement is the most difficult time for families and therefore we will do everything we can to support them. We will continue to monitor the situation so that as soon as it improves the usual arrangements can once again take place in Romford.”

The council have informed all funeral directors about the decision.

Roy Allen, director at James Hawes Funeral Directors in North Street, Romford, said informing families was a “delicate issue.”

“They are usually understanding. It’s just nature, there’s not alot that can be done about it,” he said.

Bereaved families will still be able to bury a family member in an existing grave depending on the depth and the location within the cemetary.

The council will look at each burial request and try to accommodate the family’s wishes wherever possible.

Hornchurch, Rainham and Upminster Cemeteries have not been as severely affected so burials are able to continue.

In January last year, all burials were suspended for three weeks for the same reason.

0 comments

Latest Romford News Stories

Yesterday, 20:32
The Havering Show. Families having fun

There was something for everyone on day two of this year’s Havering Show, including mad scientists and soul legends of the 1970s.

Yesterday, 11:46
Reporters Ann-Marie Abbasah and Hayley Anderson with soul legend Jocelyn Brown.

With a hit laden set list, there was no mountain high enough to keep veteran singer Jocelyn Brown from rocking the crowd at the Havering Show, yesterday.

Yesterday, 09:35
Mayor of Redbridge Cllr Gurdial Bhamra, chairman of Morden Cllr Peter Elliot, Bedrock Hospital Radio's mascot, mayor of Havering Cllr Philippa Crowder and mayor of Brentwood Cllr Noelle Hones.

Day two of the Havering Show kicks off from 11am today at Harrow Lodge Park, Hornchurch, with a line-up featuring something for everyone.

Yesterday, 07:00
Amplify founders Tom Murch and Jack Withing

A pair of music lovers are making some noise across the borough as they launched their own T-shirt brand.

Sunday, August 28, 2016
Reporters Hayley Anderson and Ann-Marie Abbasah at the Havering Show.

From wrestling and BMX tricks to star acts and fair ground rides, the first day of the Havering Show had it all.

Sunday, August 28, 2016
Romford playwright Dan Murphy will open a festival in Havering with a performance of his play Skinny Legs. Picture:Arnaud Stephenson

The thought-provoking work of a young playwright will open a festival of fresh and innovative plays in Havering.

Sunday, August 28, 2016
40-years-ago

A look back at the biggest local stories from this week 20, 40 and 60 years ago.

Sunday, August 28, 2016
Jocelyn Brown will be headling at the Havering Show. Photo: PA Archive/PA Images

The Havering Show kicks off from 11am today at Harrow Lodge Park, Hornchurch, with a line-up featuring something for everyone.

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read news

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

News from your area

WW100

Click on the banner above for full coverage of the centenary commemorations of the outbreak of the First World War.

Competitions

You could win £15,000 to spend on either their mortgage or a deposit towards the home of their dreams

Wouldn’t it be lovely to have a period of time when you simply don’t have to worry about finding the money each month to pay your mortgage? When you don’t have to put money aside from your monthly income, or worry about having to afford other essential outgoings?

Which book character do you share cleaning habits with?

Whether you have more in common with put-upon Cinderella, emotionally turbulent Jane Eyre, or easily distracted Mole, you’re sure to appreciate that one lucky winner will receive four sessions of free cleaning. Enter our quiz for your chance to win. All runners up will get £10 off their first clean when making a repeat booking.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Romford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now