No crisis insists council as cemetery reaches capacity

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THERE are no new burial lairs left in Wilton Cemetery.

The Hawick News can reveal that the facility is now full up in terms of new sites, although burials can still be carried out on existing lairs.

However, a spokesperson for Scottish Borders Council insisted there was no crisis and said there remained room at the Wellogate Cemetery.

“There is plenty of space at Wellogate and the council has the rights to extend the cemetery at the top of the site,” they said in a statement.

The matter of Wilton Cemetery was raised at a meeting of Burnfoot Community Council on Tuesday night when an appeal to build a wall around the facility was discussed.

A petition had previously been circulated by Tracy Gallagher, whose parents are buried in Wilton Cemetery, after concerns over vandalism.

The meeting heard that a wall down the side of Chay Blyth Place would cost in the region of £90,000 to erect.

And while sympathising with her plight, community councillor Jamie Batten questioned the benefits this would bring.

He said: “I would like to know how much would it cost for a wall to be erected and how high would it have to be to keep the little tykes out?

“There are four entrances open to the public, to me it would be a total and utter waste of money to put a wall round the cemetery.”

A second layer of fencing has been erected round parts of the cemetery along with wiring.

And local councillor Stuart Marshall, who has been working closely with officials from the local authority, hoped more could be done once the better weather arrives, although he called on the public to remain vigilant and report anyone causing a nuisance.

He said: “There are a lot of issues in Wilton Cemetery, dog fouling, dogs off their lead and people in there who shouldn’t be.

“The council can get the wardens in there and the police have been quite pro-active, but we have to constantly appeal to the public, if they see anything untoward to contact the authorities.”