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Monmouth Cemetery to re-open for burials

Monmouth Cemetery. Credit: Anthony Cope

Monmouth Cemetery will be re-opening for burials after significant infrastructure improvements carried out by Monmouthshire County Council and Monmouth Town Council.

The work funded by Monmouth Town Council has created a new section of the cemetery that was previously inaccessible. This area has now been cleared so that preparations for burials can be carried out. The improvements will also enable burials to take place at the bottom of the bank.

Since 2010, burials in new grave plots have not been available at Monmouth Cemetery due to the unsuitable final area caused by a high water table. This led to the partial closure of the cemetery.

Cllr Ben Callard, Monmouthshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Resources, stated: “We understand how difficult it can be for families and friends when they lose a loved one and it is important that we provide all the necessary support. By opening up this new area of the cemetery, the local community can lay their loved ones to rest in their own area.”

Former Mayor of Monmouth and member of the Cemetery Working Group, Terry Christopher stated: “I am very pleased to know that the MCC/MTC have arrived at an arrangement to re-open the Monmouth Cemetery. Now the people of Monmouth have the option to bury their loved ones in their town. I would like to thank not only the officers of the MCC AND MTC , but also all those present and former councillors who have worked since 2017 to achieve this.”