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Council invests £45,000 to restore old churchyards and war memorials

Published Tuesday 20 April, 2021
Last updated on Tuesday 20 April, 2021

Swale Borough Council has committed an initial £45,000 to carry out maintenance in some of the 13 closed churchyards they are responsible for around the borough.

The council will carry out a variety of work including repairing broken steps and pathways, rebuilding fallen walls, and cutting back any overgrown hedges to bring these older churchyards back to life for those visiting and paying their respects to their loved ones.

Condition surveys have been carried out and quotes are now being obtained to put together a schedule of work.  Once permission has been granted by the church and diocese, the work could begin this summer.

When a churchyard is closed for burials, they can be formally passed to the parish or borough council to maintain.

The council has reviewed the backlog of work needed and will work with the diocese to maintain the churchyards, so they are well-kept and accessible for visitors.

The work will also help protect the borough’s important heritage.

Work will be carried out at churchyards in Lynsted, Newnham, Faversham, Kemsley, Minster Abbey, Queenborough and Borden, with other locations to follow.

War memorials have also been reviewed and work will start in the coming months at Eastchurch, Ospringe, Faversham, Sittingbourne and Queenborough.