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Thursday, August 2, 2012
A mother has been told she must remove the concrete edging which surrounds the grave of her baby son, who died when he was just one hour old.
But Norwich City Council has said the edging has extended the size of the plot, making maintenance difficult.
Jodie Smith, 21, of Spencer Road, Old Catton, lost her baby, Kenzie, who was born at 20 weeks on June 21. He survived for just one hour.
He was buried in the baby section of Earlham cemetery on July 3. Her former boyfriend, Daniel Leggett, 22, created the concrete edging around the grave.
She said: “I got a phone call on Tuesday from the city council saying that somebody had complained about it and we have to move it before the weekend.
“Before we put the edging down there was a wood surrounding. It’s upsetting – I have paid for the plot, I am pretty angry about it.”
A spokesman for Norwich City Council said: “We perfectly understand that the last thing people who are grieving want to hear about is mundane information about grass maintenance programmes around graves, but this is one of the council’s responsibilities.
“The graves are all marked out to the same size to allow proper maintenance –something which should have been properly explained to the parents by the funeral director.
“The kind of kerbset chosen for this particular grave means that regular maintenance will be hampered so we were put in the difficult position of having to ask the parents to remove it so visitors can pay tribute to their loved ones in an area that is appropriately maintained and retains the overall dignity and tranquillity befitting of a cemetery.”