Thursday, 21 September 2017

Burial fee reduction

THE cost of a burial at Fair Mile cemetery in Henley is set to be reduced for residents of three neighbouring villages.

Henley Town Council, which owns the cemetery, currently charges up to three times the regular fee for people who weren’t living in Henley when they died.

However, it is now considering charging people living in Bix and Lower and Middle Assendon only 25 per cent more.

Bix and Assendon Parish Council, within whose boundary the cemetery is located, requested the reduction because the villages are so close and the next nearest civic cemeteries are at Wallingford and Kidmore End.

In a committee report, council’s accountant Liz Jones said: “The issue was brought to the parish council’s attention by a resident to whom this triple charge was advised on the sudden death of her husband.

“Since then, the differential has become more widely known in the parish, resulting in an ongoing feeling of discontent and unfairness because of the location of the cemetery within the parish.

“It was accepted that it does appear illogical when residents live so close to the cemetery that they should be penalised by being charged non-resident rates.”

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