A recent national report of failing safety standards in cemeteries may lead to Councils facing a legal test over unsafe gravestones, but local gravestone owners are required to put any unsafe gravestones back into a good state of repair.

If the owners don’t respond then action is taken by the council to make the gravestone safe and a record of this action is kept on file.

On inspection, should a stone look like it is about to fall, or is at a perilous angle, the cemeteries’ inspector will immediately lie it down flat so that it is safe.

As general good practise, the cemeteries’ inspector is attending a memorial safety course next month and should a legal safety requirement be made for all cemeteries, Merton Council is confident that it would have no problem in meeting and maintaining the required standard.