Thomas Bridge 10 June 2015

Council blasted by mum after removing son’s gravestone

Council blasted by mum after removing son’s gravestone image

A mother has slated a council after a star-shaped headstone was removed from her son’s grave shortly after what would have been his seventh birthday.

Jo Corbett, 42, said she was ‘really angry’ when the stonemason commissioned to make a memorial for her son was told by Malvern Town Council it had to be removed.

Her son Max died aged four years old after complications associated with severe epilepsy.

The memorial was erected ahead of Max’s birthday but just three days later was removed from Great Malvern Cemetery, Worcestershire, following a complaint.

Malvern Council said the stone had been installed without gaining the appropriate permission.

However Ms Corbett said she had not been aware of any restrictions.

‘If I had been, I might have looked somewhere else. I couldn't believe it when the stonemason said the council had told him if he didn’t remove it, they would,’ she told Worcester News.

‘It's made me really angry. I won’t let this rest. I won’t give up until the stone is back where it belongs, on my little boy’s grave.’

A council spokesperson said: ‘Malvern Town Council feels great sympathy for Ms Corbett for her great loss and is very sorry for her distress at being put in an intolerable position regarding the gravestone.

‘Regrettably, the memorial stone that was erected on Ms Corbett’s son’s grave was done so by a memorial mason who did not obtain the necessary permission, and who did not consult with town council officers as to whether the headstone was in compliance with the cemetery rules and regulations.

‘This situation was not the fault of Ms Corbett, but of the stonemason who made a gravestone that was unsuitable for the position in which it was to be erected, and which was also put in place without the necessary permission; the application form was posted under the door of the town council offices just hours before the stone was erected.’

‘The memorial application form and process are both clear and well known by stonemasons working in Great Malvern Cemetery. The stonemason’s failure to follow this process has caused a lot of unnecessary distress in this case.’

No homeless veterans image

No homeless veterans

Ed Tytherleigh calls on every single council to identify and refer veterans to appropriate services to ensure there are no homeless veterans.
Highways jobs

Air Quality Monitoring Project Manager

Birmingham City Council
£34,788 - £42,683
Seeking a skilled and dedicated individual with a background in environmental protection and air quality to... Birmingham, West Midlands
Recuriter: Birmingham City Council

Part Time Employment Lawyer - Supervising Associate

Essex County Council
£50000 - £60600 per annum + Pro Rata. Plus Excellent Package
Please note that this role is for a minimum of 30 hours per week. Working pattern to be agreed. England, Essex, Chelmsford
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Employment Lawyer - Supervising Associate

Essex County Council
£50000 - £60600 per annum + Flexible Working, DB Pension & Package
Essex Legal Services (ELS) is part of Essex County Council (ECC) and offers flexible working practices in line with ECC's policy, this includes flexibility on start / finish time as well as flexibility on home-based working - in all cases this is offered England, Essex, Chelmsford
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Category and Contract Manager

Essex County Council
£38000 - £44440 per annum + Flexible Working, DB Pension & Package
Job PurposeThe role of Procurement is to work with stakeholders across ECC to understand requirements for goods and services, make an assessment of th England, Essex, Chelmsford
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Joint Strategic Workforce Director

Surrey Heartlands Integrated Care System (ICS)
£Competitive
This is a pivotal role for the ICS. You will lead a coordinated approach to workforce development and transformation across Surrey Surrey
Recuriter: Surrey Heartlands Integrated Care System (ICS)

Local Government News

Latest issue - Local Goverrnemnt News

This issue of Local Government News explores how councils can tackle modern slavery and trafficking in their supply chains, finds out more about Cambridge's first cohousing scheme and the launch of a new project to build a shared service pattern library for local government.

This issue also contains a special focus on children's services and how councils are protecting children following local safeguarding children boards being abolished.

Register for your free magazine