Dismay over failure to repair graves

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a Strichen resident has been left “saddened and dismayed” by Aberdeenshire Council’s failure to take adequate remedial measures at Strichen cemetery to permanently repair a lair that now exposes the last resting place of children to the elements.

Local builder and historian Fraser Mitchell said noticed that the family lair was damaged and that the slab was broken back in September.

Mr Fraser told us: “My wife reported this to Aberdeenshire Council at that time and within a few days someone from the council came and made temporary repairs by putting a piece of plywood over the hole and ribbons surrounding it warning of the danger.”

Four months on, the children’s coffins are again exposed to the elements, with Mr Fraser saying: “I am saddened and dismayed that it is taking the council so long to permenantly repair the grave.”

A council spokeperson said: “The crypt is privately-owned and not the responsibility of the council therefore we tried to trace the family without success.

“The severe weather affected the temporary repairs however this has since been rectified and a more permanent repair with concrete slabs will be installed as soon as possible.”