Graveyards, compost toilets and footpaths discussed at Chalford Parish Council
6:01pm Friday 4th October 2013 in News
GRAVEYARDS, compost toilets and permissive footpaths were just some of the items on the agenda at Chalford Parish Council last night, Thursday.
Cllr Pat Brown urged the council to agree on a way forward to find new cemetery land as it is estimated that there are only 25 to 30 graves remaining in the parish.
“Cemeteries across the UK are becoming overcrowded and councils all over the country are trying to find land they can allocate for graves,” said Cllr Brown.
Cllr Len Taylor suggested that the Frith Wood car park could be turned into a cemetery.
“It’s not really being used for anything at the moment,” he said.
Chairman Chris Ellis said it was one of the better ideas on how to deal with the issue that the council had heard in a long time and it was agreed that it was worth exploring.
Newly elected councillor Isabelle Preece brought forward a proposal to research the possibility of installing public toilets in playing fields across the parish.
“There should be a public toilet available in areas where parents and children particularly gather,” she said.
Issues of toilet drainage, lighting, cleaning and security were highlighted by fellow councillors.
Cllr Preece informed the council of the compost toilets she had come across in the Scottish Highlands.
“A compost toilet covers all hygiene and drainage issues as they are equipped with bacterial hand sanitizer and there is no need to flush as everything goes into a hole in the ground,” she said.
Cllr Mike Guest proposed that a study was conducted into a compost toilet.
The parish council also agreed in principal to support a motion put forward by resident Colin Stride to Gloucestershire County Council to change the status of some of the permissive footpaths in Frith Wood to statutory footpaths.
Cllr Ian Lambert proposed that the council be mindful to support Mr Stride’s application, but that councillors wanted more detail on which footpaths he was referring to.
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