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Views sought on Draft Cemeteries and Crematorium Bylaw

Tuesday May 1 2018

Timeframes for decorations on the soil of new graves is one of the key changes Palmerston North City Council is seeking feedback on as part of consultation on its Draft Cemeteries and Crematorium Bylaw.

Photo shows rows of gravestones in Palmerston North's main city cemetery.

Have your say on revised rules for city cemeteries.

Consultation is open until 11 June 2018.

This is a new bylaw which Council proposes to adopt in place of the current Cemeteries and Crematorium Bylaw.

Key changes include removing the five-year maximum period for on the soil grave decorations, and instead allow on the soil decorations for 12 months with the ability to renew approval annually.

The bylaw also includes a list of prohibited items that cannot be put into the cremator, to prevent the release of carcinogens during cremation and ensure the longevity of the cremator.

The consultation document contains further information about the proposed bylaw. It's available on the Council website as well as at the Customer Service Centre on The Square and all library branches.

Council is keen to hear the community’s views.