Cemetery Headstone Safety

Significant progress in efforts by the council to reduce risks associated with historic headstones in city cemeteries will be reported next week.

The Council has made significant progress in the last few years in both the recording making safe headstones within cemeteries.

Any dangerous headstones up to 1.5 metres tall have been dealt with during the inspection process.

Funding of £70,000 is available to help future efforts to make dangerous stones safe and continue an inspection programme. This issue will be noted at a meeting of the Neighbourhood Services Committee on Monday April 23.

Convener of Neighbourhood Services Councillor Kevin Cordell said: “This investment will allow an ongoing safety regime to operate across our cemeteries in Dundee.

“I know that officers of the council work very hard to try and contact families through checking records of stones which have had to be made safe. This is because the headstones are their property and not that of the council.

“We always deal with these issues as sensitively as possible.

“However, given the age of some of these stones, it is not possible to trace any living relatives.

“We also make sure that when we can get in touch with people, we can make them aware of small grant schemes to help preserve the stones.”

Councillor Cordell added: “Dundee cemeteries are peaceful places of contemplation where there are some fascinating insights into our history.

“But we have to ensure that they are as safe as possible for the many people that visit them every year. I am keen to stress that the council is working hard to address these issues.”

Neighbourhood Services Committee will meet on Monday April 23.

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