Minutes of the Cemetery Committee Meeting of Milton Parish Council held in the Community Centre on Wednesday 1 March 2000 at 7pm Present: PK Oldham (chair) Rev IM Cowley R Day RLE Waters the clerk SJ Daniels AGREED that Ian Cowley be elected to this committee. 1 Apologies for absence M Ellwood 95/00 2 Chairman PKO was elected chairman. 3 Minutes 96/00 The report of the meeting held on 23 June 1999 was approved and signed as a true record. (276/99) Scattering of Ashes Members recollected that Council had not agreed to scattering of ashes at all, although the minutes of full Council did not reflect this. It was AGREED that scattering of ashes should not be allowed. 97/00 4 Closure of Milton churchyard - old part of cemetery The clerk reported that parishioners had a right to be buried in the churchyard even when it is full. To extinguish this right an order to close the churchyard is needed. All Saints' churchyard was closed many years ago. Although the "old" part of the cemetery, which in effect was an extension to the churchyard, was full there seemed no need to ask for a closure as the cemetery extension would cater for the village for many years. 98/00 5 Areas for burial plots IMC suggested that the cemetery could be divided into sections so that burials could take place, for example, at the eastern end. AGREED to continue burying from the western end and work towards the entrance. 99/00 6 Proposed Driveway IMC objected to the proposed driveway as he felt that it was unsuitable, a desecration of the cemetery and an encouragement to the public to drive into the cemetery. Council's objective was to provide better pedestrian access for the elderly and those in wheelchairs and for the hearse, although it was noted that there had been no problem with access for the undertakers to date. It was AGREED to recommend that Council proceed to build the driveway with the following condition: "No public vehicular access will be allowed to the cemetery". [To prevent unauthorised access the gate will be locked, allowing pedestrian access only - keys being held by the rector, clerk and grass cutter]. This motion would be discussed at the Church Council meeting to be held on Tuesday 7 March. Grant Funding The clerk would make an application to Wren and ask Milton Charities to provide the "third party funding" - £531.60. The meeting ended at 7.50pm.