Families ‘pleased’ with Council cemetery decision

Local families who feared that they may have to remove items from the graves of loved ones say they are ‘pleased’ with a decision taken by Causeway Coast and Glens Council on Tuesday night.

A number of families held a protest outside the Cloonavin prior to the meeting, fearing that if new council rules, making cemeteries ‘lawn only’ they would have to remove surrounds and personal items from graves.

Local families who protested outside Cloonavin on Tuesday night.

Local families who protested outside Cloonavin on Tuesday night.

However, at the meeting of full Council at Cloonavin, members agreed the new rules, but agreed that they would only apply to new plots.

Campaigner Tracy McCrudden told The Times: “Finally my mother can rest in peace.

“The final decision was a sensible one.

“Graves are very personal to people - we have been fighting for this decision for the past seven months and I am so delighted that my mother can finally rest in peace.

Coleraine Cemetery.

Coleraine Cemetery.

“I would like to thank all councillors who stood with us throughout the past seven months, and I would like to express my sincere appreciation to those councillors who voted on side and voted with their hearts.”