Cemetery road potholes finally fixed by council

FIXED The potholes in Kingston Cemetery have been repaired.   Picture: Paul Jacobs (110397-1)
FIXED The potholes in Kingston Cemetery have been repaired. Picture: Paul Jacobs (110397-1)
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POTHOLES which have plagued Portsmouth’s largest cemetery have now been filled.

The crater-like holes in Kingston Cemetery have been hazardous for many people who visit the graves of loved ones.

But after complaints from mourners the potholes have been repaired by the city council’s road contractors at a cost of £5,000.

Alf Horn, 81, of Foster Road, Landport, who said the holes had been making it difficult to access graves, was pleased they had finally been repaired.

The pensioner, who visits the cemetery to pay his respects to his son, Robert, who died in May, aged 52, said: ‘I will be driving up there myself and I would like to see if this work has been good.

‘It will be great if it has, but it shouldn’t have taken so long.

‘A lot of people spend money burying friends and families, and what they don’t need is added stress from the state of the roads.

‘I think the cemetery was better maintained when the council took care of it all.’

The council identified six potholes which they said were serious enough to cause a problem to motorists and pedestrians.

Work was carried out in two stages – £3,300 was spent in October last year to repair potholes that were created from the bad weather in January 2010.

This year the city council has spent £1,700 to patch over potholes that were created by this winter’s big freeze.

The work was carried out by Colas, which maintains the city’s roads.

Gerry O’Brien, cemeteries manager for the city council, said: ‘The arrangements to fix the potholes had already been made, but a few factors slowed the work down.

‘This winter’s cold weather meant we couldn’t do any work because the ground conditions were not right.

‘This would’ve meant the work would not have been done correctly and would cause more problems.

‘The other reason why we paused work was because of the number of burials we had.

‘We don’t want families who are grieving to be disturbed by the noise of workmen.’

Kingston Cemetery first opened in 1854 and each year around 400 burials take place.