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Revised rules for Ross-shire burial grounds and crematorium begin tomorrow – the move follows a public consultation by Highland Council in February and March this year and the new regulations are due to last for the next 10 years


By Ian Duncan

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Kilvean Cemetery in Inverness. Picture: Gary Anthony
Kilvean Cemetery in Inverness. Picture: Gary Anthony

Revised burial grounds and crematorium management rules are to come into place tomorrow for the next 10 years.

Following a public consultation that took place in February and March this year, Members of Highland Council’s Communities and Place Committee have approved the revised management rules.

Councillor Allan Henderson, the chairman of the Communities and Place Committee, said: “The council recognises that this very important public service is delivered sensitively and with care.

“It’s important that people are aware that there are rules that apply in our burial grounds and crematorium and why these rules are in place.

“Clear guidance is being provided to staff on proportionate, fair, consistent enforcement approach to breaches of the management rules. This includes guidance on when it is appropriate to take action and the action to be taken.”

The Highland burial grounds and crematorium management rules are on the council’s website.

The council has a statutory obligation to manage burial provision, memorial safety and cremations, as set out in the Burial and Cremation (Scotland) Act 2016, and it will undertake its next statutory review of burials grounds and crematorium management rules in the year 2030.


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