Waterlogged ground is ‘no issue’ for newly dug graves
SWANSEA Council has dismissed claims that water-logged conditions are posing problems for newly dug graves at a city cemetery.
Both Gorseinon and Llwchwr town councils have written to the authority raising concerns about the Kingsbridge site.
Gorseinon councillor Malcolm Curtice said residents have complained the plots are unsuitable because of the boggy conditions.
He is behind a call for a site in Penyrheol to be used in future for burials.
Mr Curtice said he was alarmed when attempts were made to bury a box of his close relative's ashes at the site only for water to come out of the ground.
Mr Curtice said: "I went to bury some ashes and in front of my eyes the water was filling the hole — it was 20 inches deep.
"I was told by an undertaker that the water is coming into the graves."
Work is ongoing to clear sections of Kingsbridge Cemetery for future burials.
But Swansea Council which operates the site stresses it is not being expanded beyond its current boundaries.
Mr Curtice said: "I went to see where the site is being [prepared] and it's nothing but a peat bog, they have seeded it over but there are bull rushes growing straight up."
He added: "Residents are complaining that the plots at Kingsbridge are unsuitable.
"When people are walking between the graves they are walking through water."
Mr Curtice said he had been in touch with the area's county councillor Will Evans to discuss the matter.
Concerns were further raised by Mr Curtice within a Gorseinon Town Council report that Swansea Council was carrying out a third extension to the cemetery without consultation.
But a spokesman for the local authority said there were no such plans in place.
"We are waiting for a report to come back from Swansea Council to Gorseinon Town Council," Mr Curtice said.
"Hopefully, we will have the information at our next meeting."
Tony Davies, clerk of Llwchwr Town Council said its members too were also so concerned about Kingsbridge Cemetery that they had taken the step of writing directly to the local authority.
A spokesman for Swansea Council said: "Kingsbridge Cemetery, like many sites around the country can occasionally suffer from water-logged conditions.
"This issue has been well managed for many years.
"There are no plans to extend Kingsbridge Cemetery.
"However work is ongoing to clear an overgrown area and bring into use existing cemetery land."