"‘NO RESPECT' Man went to scatter mum's ashes at grandparents' grave - only to find gravestone was missing" by Chiara Giordano
“A grieving son who found his grandparents’ gravestone missing days after his mother’s funeral has said more should have been done to warn him it had been moved.”
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BBC LONDON REPORT ON SOUTHWARK CEMETERY DESTRUCTION
“Anger after existing gravestone removed to create a new path to the plots” by Thomas Magill
PHOTOS: Crimes against heritage and nature. Headstones of the poor dead - many victims of the Blitz - being removed by Southwark Council on One Tree Hill, Camberwell New Cemetery often called 'Brenchley Gardens' or 'Honor Oak'. Photo: September 2017.
Southwark Council is burying over the dead and wants to dig up thousands of graves for new burial plots - with devastating consequences for nature and heritage.
Acres of woods and graves have already been lost. But acres of inner London cemeteries remain to be saved. Stop Southwark bulldozing our cemeteries. Save them as nature reserves.
The BBC this week reported Southwark’s removal of dozens of headstones of the poor dead in Camberwell New Cemetery, including Blitz victims - all part of the Council’s massive project for continuing inner city burial.
Mourner David Nicholls visited the cemetery on Brenchley Gardens - only to find his family's gravestone gone along with many others.
Cllr Barrie Hargrove from the Labour-led Council shockingly claimed to the BBC: “Our cemetery staff treat our objects in our cemetery with all due dignity and do not leave things lying around. But photos of headstones left toppled across the hillside (top) show otherwise. "...things lying around" is what he calls the headstones of the relatives of Southwark's residents.
And Southwark has not said they won’t be crushing or dumping all headstones not reclaimed by the families, many who are unaware that Southwark is removing their graves.
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“Imagine going to the cemetery to pay respects to your grandparents and the grave had disappeared? That’s what’s happening here in Camberwell New Cemetery” by Jason Rosam
LONDON EVENING STANDARD
“Families’ fury at council plan to sell burial plots above paupers’ graves” by Barney Davis
EVENING STANDARD LETTER by GEOFF TWIST, 13th October 2017
"Your article on the re-use of graves in Camberwell only illustrates a small part of this London-wide issue."
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“This has come as an emotional shock to us all and we are at a loss what to do,” he said. “My concern is how can they justify putting new bodies on top of old bodies and a lot of the graves they destroyed were war veterans so that hasn’t gone down well.
“I think more should’ve been done to make people aware.
“The way that they’ve ripped those graves up and the artefacts is heart-breaking; there was no respect.”
Dave Nicholls, Southwark Resident and bereaved son
MORE ABOUT HOW SOUTHWARK COUNCIL IS DISRESPECTING OUR NATION'S WAR DEAD:
'Southwark has been burying over CWGC WW1 and WW2 War Graves for years - without alerting or consulting the War Graves Commission, relatives or the public - and Southwark is STILL building over them.'
EVENING STANDARD LETTER by Christine Robynson, 20th October 2017
"Cemetery plan will affect wildlife too."
"I am writing regarding your recent article headlined "Families' fury at council plans to sell off burial plots above paupers graves [News, Oct 13].
The removal of memorial stones and the mounding over of graves - and/or the actual exhumation of the deceased - are only part of the scandalous plans for Camberwell Old and New Cemeteries in Honor Oak. Ten acres of wild woodland, containing a variety of mature trees, have been sentenced to Southwark council's axe. And with them will go insect, bird and mammal habitats.
The designation of such a large area of flora and fauna is particularly Philistine, given the endless demands for more housebuilding in London wherever new homes can be squeezed in.
We should be preserving these pockets of green tranqility, not destroying them."