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Residents consider steel fence to protect cemetery

Residents consider steel fence to protect cemetery
A group of residents in Carmarthenshire are considering erecting permanent steel fencing by way of protecting a chapel cemetery from development.

The steel fencing would ring off part of the old cemetery from the new cemetery, which, along with a number of graves of old preachers, would be maintained by the trust.

In which case, any new owner of the old cemetery would be responsible for both its upkeep and the management of future burials, reported the BBC.

Salem chapel, near Meidrim, which no longer holds services, is likely to be up for sale at the end of the year and any prospective owner will be able to remove the gravestones of those with no surviving family.

Reverend Peter Thomas, general secretary of the Baptist Union of Wales, told the BBC: "A chapel is usually sold as a freehold. But the cemetery is set on a long lease and the prospective buyer is made aware of the need to secure access to the cemetery as well as to conform with certain regulations regarding the lease."

In Wales, The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales (RCAHMW) is asking volunteers to help record the fate of chapels before they are knocked down.

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Date: 12/05/2011 16:41:05

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