Rundown Chadwell Heath cemetery is a ‘danger zone’

A cemetery riddled with broken footpaths has been branded a “danger zone” by one regular visitor.

Keith Lee, 63, warned that grieving families risked serious injury after being unable to take his 88-year-old mother Violet to the grave of her late husband, Thomas.

He said he was unable to push her wheelchair along a path inside Chadwell Heath Cemetery in Whalebone Lane North.

Mr Lee, of Stanford-le-Hope, Essex, said: “If somebody fell down they would lay there for God knows how long. It’s a danger zone.”

The council should do more to invest in the borough’s public footpaths, he said.


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The gardener said he was also unable to water flowers as the taps were broken.

He claims to have been told just two workers maintain the 11-acre burial ground after a visit on September 30.

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Barking and Dagenham Council are aware of the problem, said a spokesman. It is hoped funds will be allocated to relay the paths in the next financial year. A highways inspector will visit this week to see if any remedial works are possible. The taps will be fixed very soon, he added.

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