We are continuing our programme of headstone testing, which is essential to make sure that anyone who visits or works in our 154 cemeteries is safe.
The rolling programme of safety inspections will continue from September 2018, with memorials in a further 18 cemeteries being checked by an experienced contactor.
We will ensure the work is undertaken with due respect and only where absolutely necessary.
How we test
- Firstly, a memorial is tested to check if it is safe.
- If there is a safety concern, the memorial will be made safe by socketing into the ground or laying flat.
- Memorials will not be individually cordoned off unless the memorial is very large and the opinion of a structural engineer is needed
- If a memorial has been made safe, the family – who are responsible for the memorial – can contact a monumental mason with a view to having the memorial restored.
The following sections of the 18 burial grounds, which contain memorials, are to be surveyed by the contractor from September 2018 onwards.
|Cemetery||Estimated testing date||Completed|
|Ashkirk||October 2018||November 2018|
|Earlston (Old)||September 2018||October 2018|
|Heriot||October 2018||October 2018|
|Lilliesleaf||November 2018||November 2018|
|Shawfield (Selkirk)||November 2018||January 2019|
|Wairds (Melrose)||October 2018||November 2018|
|Ayton||March 2019||March 2019|
|Duns (Preston Road)||February 2019||March 2019|
|Eyemouth (Old)||March 2019||March 2019|
|Lennel||Delayed due to wild flowers|
|Innerleithen (Traquair Road)||November 2018||January 2019|
|Peebles||January 2019||February 2019|
|Old Churchyard (Kelso)||February 2019||February 2019|
|Rosebank (Kelso)||February 2019||February 2019|
|Ancrum||March 2019||March 2019|
|Denholm||March 2019||March 2019|
|Wellogate (Hawick)||June 2019|
|Wilton (Hawick)||March 2019||April 2019|