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New rules for memorial mementoes in Reading Crematorium

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New regulations have been agreed to control the level of memorabilia left in Reading Crematorium.

The set of rules were drawn up following a consultation which showed widespread support for personal mementoes and personalised headstones.

However, users of the site agreed there should clearer rules about what is and is not allowed and stricter enforcement of them.

A review of the regulations was launched in January after the amount of personal memorabilia left in the All Hallows Road cemetery sparked complaints from the public.

Cemetery bosses were charged with the task of being able to allow as many people as possible to have the memorials they wanted without offending or causing distress to others.

The survey showed 75 per cent of people supported the proposal to allow personal memorabilia in a defined memorial space and 81 per cent supported permitting more unique, personalised headstones.

However, 92 per cent of respondents agreed with the sensitive removal and storage of planting or memorabilia not permitted within the regulations.

Members of Reading Borough Council’s cabinet approved the regulations, to be introduced in October.

Councillor Paul Gittings, lead member for environment, said: “In the main, the majority of people are in favour of this approach.

“We have come up with regulations I feel are fair, reasonable and transparent and I hope they will lead to the look of the crematorium being in a better condition than it is now.”




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