Only the registered holder of the Exclusive Right of Burial Grant is able to apply to the Council for a Memorial Grant for the right to place and maintain a memorial on a particular grave space or to add an inscription to an existing memorial. No memorial may be placed on a grave where the Exclusive Right of Burial Grant has not been purchased or if the memorial applicant is not the registered holder. The Memorial Grant for the right to place and maintain or put an additional inscription on a memorial will be granted for the duration of the Exclusive Right of Burial. The Memorial Grant for the right to place and maintain or put an additional inscription on a memorial will only be granted by the Council if all aspects of the memorial and the inscription comply with the Cemetery regulations. The installation of any memorial, the renovation of an existing memorial and the adding of inscriptions to memorials are carefully monitored and may only be undertaken by those that the Council has been deemed suitable to carry out such work. The application form, giving full details of the proposed memorial, must be submitted to Dunstable Town Council, along with the appropriate fees, for approval before any memorial can be put on a grave.
After a Memorial has been Erected
Once a memorial has been erected, the registered holder of the Memorial Grant for the right to place and maintain a memorial will be held responsible for the maintenance and safety of that memorial. Any memorial deemed to be unsafe by the Manager or delegated cemetery staff must without delay, either be made safe, removed from the cemetery or repaired by a memorial mason. Any costs associated with this will be borne by the registered holder of the Memorial Grant for the right to place and maintain a memorial.
The Council will routinely test memorials for stability and as a result work may be required on any memorial deemed to be unstable or in a poor state of repair.
The Council reserves the right, after reasonable notice to the person concerned and failure of that person to take the necessary action, to remove or change any memorial which infringes the regulations or is deemed by the Manager to be in a state of neglect or disrepair.
The Council may remove any memorial from any private grave when the period of Exclusive Right of Burial Grant has expired.
It is strongly recommended that appropriate ‘all risks’ insurance cover is obtained by the registered holder of Memorial Grant for the Right to Place and Maintain a memorial.