Green burial site Sutterton
Assurances have been offered by Boston Borough Council following concerns for the future of a green burial site at Sutterton.
The site is attached to the Thatched Cottage Restaurant, which closes tonight (Friday, January 8) and faces an uncertain future.
When the council gave permission for the natural burial ground in a field at the rear of the site it imposed a condition that access should be from Pools Lane, which also serves as access to the Thatched Cottage Restaurant.
It also identified the area where use as a natural burial ground should be confined. No trees can be removed from this area.
Privately-owned natural burial grounds are not covered by the legislation governing local authority-run cemeteries. But burial ground operators are subject to other controls such as the Registration of Burials Act, which requires all burial authorities to keep a register of burials.
There is also guidance contained within the Ministry of Justice - Natural burial grounds - Guidance for Operators http://bit.ly/1JyCuUH
The Association of Natural Burial Grounds has its own code of conduct to provide the public with the assurance of best practice and also acts as an independent monitor of such sites. See http://bit.ly/1S820Tn
Cllr Claire Rylott, Boston Borough Council's portfolio holder with responsibility for cemeteries, said: "Another member has made me aware of concerns by a worried resident. We understand these concerns, especially those who have loved ones buried there, but the borough council has no direct control over the burial site. However, the site could not have any other future use without the council being aware as any proposed changes would require an application."