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Colchester City Council is about to start a programme of memorial stability testing in the Mersea Road Cemetery. The programme will ensure compliance with relevant legislation; LACO 1977 and Health & Safety at Work Act 1974 and will follow guidance provided by the Ministry of Justice and the ICCM.

The testing programme is anticipated to start at the beginning of April and will continue throughout the year.

Any headstone that fails will be risk assessed to determine the best way of making it safe. Unsafe memorials near to high risk areas such as pathways will be cordoned off and if in danger of imminent collapse, may in the worst case be laid down pending repairs.

Warning signs will be displayed advising cemetery users.

For any information about the testing procedures, please contact the Cemetery Office on 01206 282950 or The CDS Group on 01234 740845 who will be carrying out the work on our behalf. A testing demonstration can be arranged if required.

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