Cemetery concerns result in a plot plan

General view landscape and upright of Carriden Cemetery Bo'ness.
General view landscape and upright of Carriden Cemetery Bo'ness.

Plans have been drawn up to improve New Carriden Cemetery in Bo’ness, after a steady stream of complaints from locals.

A report to Falkirk Council’s executive committee outlined a programme of works which is in the process of being carried out .

The work was timetabled after local councillor Ann Ritchie received complaints from mourners which she took up with officers.

The biggest complaint was noise intrusion from vehicles on Carriden Brae which, it was claimed, was disruptive to funeral services.

Falkirk Council has no money to erect a boundary wall which, a report to committee claimed, would cost from £30-40,000.

It is proposed to increase the laurel hedging along the length of existing fencing.

The council is awaiting a quote on the cost of fencing to screen the storage facility at the cemetery. Kerbing has also been installed on Carriden Brae to prevent water run-off into the cemetery.

Contractors have been instructed to cut the grass in such a way that it minimises the chance of cuttings sticking to headstones. And soil heaps have been removed and will be grassed over.

The report will be discussed by the council executive on Wednesday.