Meeting hears there’s plenty room at Denholm cemetery

DENHOLM Community Council has been informed that the village cemetery has enough capacity to serve the community for at least 18 years.

The information had been provided by Scottish Borders Council following a query raised last month about the amount of space still available in the cemetery – dating from the second half of the 19th century when previously most burials took place at Cavers – before other plans would need to be considered for the future.

But it was heard at last week’s meeting that there are currently 102 ‘layers still vacant’, plus a further 20 ‘half layers’ for the internment of ashes. At current usage this means the cemetery would last a further 18 years, and SBC would take no action until this reduced to 10 years. At that stage efforts would be started to acquire additional capacity.