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Burial costs rise to pay for keeping graves tidy
3:00pm Friday 30th August 2013 in News
THE charge for burying the dead is to rise by 10 per cent in Grove to meet rising costs.
Grove Parish Council will put up prices from October 1 to cover increasing maintenance costs at the Denchworth Road cemetery.
However, its charges remain among the cheapest in the Vale of White Horse. The overall £375 cost of reserving an adult plot, burial and approval of a headstone will rise to £412.50.
Burials at Denchworth Road cost £200 compared with £286 at St John the Baptist, Grove, and £214 at Chain Hill, Wantage.
Abingdon Town Council charges £494 for burials at Spring Road cemetery, and Oxford City Council charges more than £800.
Parish council environmental services committee chairman Jean Nunn-Price said: “All the work is done by our grounds staff and obviously wages have gone up since 2009 – not a lot, but some.”
Maintenance work includes cutting grass, weeding, taking away dead flowers and pruning bushes.
Council leader Frank Parnell said: “We have not put charges up since 2009, our costs have gone up since then so we felt it was time to review and, unfortunately, raise them.”
The cost of a funeral service at St John’s is £160 and a tablet, plaque or other marker costs £62.
Denchworth Road cemetery has 651 spaces, with 241 used and 43 reserved.
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