Work ongoing to solve flooding problems at Mossley Cemetery

FURTHER work has been completed at Mossley Cemetery extension to solve ongoing problems of flooding.

And Cllr Tafheen Sharif, who represents Mossley ward, has praised Tameside Council for their speedy intervention at the Cemetery Road plot in Micklehurst.

She said: “I am pleased that once again the council has listened to residents and councillors and visiting the site at very short notice as well as trying their level best to improve the grounds.

“We await to see what happens in a very wet period but I hope the new work to the Mossley Cemetery extension improves the visits for the families of the loved ones buried there.”

The Correspondent has previously spotlighted flooding issues at the cemetery extension.

Previous work was completed in May 2018 and appeared to have resolved the issue.

Cllr Sharif added: “For almost one year I had no complaints until March when I had two residents contact me that parts of the cemetery extension towards the back were getting swampy again.

“Within a couple of days, I was able to get a registrar and an engineer out to look at the condition of the grounds at the cemetery. A couple of residents accompanied me on this site visit.

“It was ascertained hollow tining had not been carried out at the back left of the cemetery due to the installation of additional land drainage at the time. You will recall this improves the condition of the land over time, where tiny holes are filled with sand like material.

“The council came back to me and agreed that they could attempt to improve the condition by carrying out further works which has been completed.”

In the latest work, gravel banding/slit drains were applied to part of the cemetery extension, the whole plot holotined and tidying up around a few graves to try and stop ponding.

Cllr Sharif added it is important to note the land will never be entirely dry – in wet weather and will become muddy.

“Our aim is to try and improve the situation for each of you so you can visit your loved ones in peace,” she said.

In the main Victorian built cemetery, which is 140 years old, conditions are better, though the steep and undulating circular path has been reported as being slippy and slimy.

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