Workers removed over damage at Gosport cemetery

SAD Keith Pinder at his grandparents grave with the damaged pot. ''Picture: Sarah Standing (122653-1841)
SAD Keith Pinder at his grandparents grave with the damaged pot. ''Picture: Sarah Standing (122653-1841)
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TWO cemetery workers have been dismissed after complaints over the state of the grounds’ maintenance.

Gosport Borough Council says two workers at Ann’s Hill Cemetery were removed from their duties after concerns were raised by upset relatives.

Keith Pinder, 57, complained to the council after he had to replace a flower pot on his grandparents’ grave three times.

When he visited the cemetery last week, the flower pot was smashed and left strewn across the grass.

Mr Pinder, who used to live in Gosport but now lives in Fair Oak, said: ‘I was getting quite frustrated because it kept happening.

‘It got to the point where I was wondering each time I went away what was going to happen when I got back.

‘It’s not something you should have to worry about at a cemetery.’

‘The last thing I wanted was for anyone to get sacked; I just wanted them to take a bit more consideration.

‘But the council did listen and I’m thankful for that.’

The leader of Gosport’s council, Councillor Mark Hook, said the two workers had been employed from an agency to help with a backlog of work caused by the bad summer weather.

But when the council received complaints over the state of the cemetery, the pair were not taken on any longer.

Cllr Hook said: ‘We had received complaints from residents about the condition of the cemetery and the state it was in and I asked for it to be looked at. It was totally unacceptable.’