Merton and Sutton Joint Cemetery undergoes restoration

Bearer beams – vital beams which support the headstones and make sure they are safe – have been replaced after the Merton and Sutton Joint Cemetery Board agreed to spend £47,000 on the work.

The bearer beams, on which the headstones stand, in a section of the cemetery, were found to be broken or crumbling during a routine annual health and safety inspection. As a result, the board authorised the necessary work be carried out.

Merton and Sutton Joint Cemetery Board Chairman, Councillor Peter Wallis said: ‘The work involved the removal of headstones which were photographed and fully insured while in storage. They will be reinstated when the work has been completed. The work has not affected any of the graves and has been carried out at no cost to the graves’ owners.

“The board is committed to putting the needs of the graves’ owners first and making sure the graves of their loved ones are always kept in excellent condition.”