Kelso ashes plan not up in smoke yet after SBC talks

L-r, Colin McGrath and James King at Kelso Cemetary. The burials at the cemetary are down by over 80% at the ground due to the new cremetorium opening up at Melrose.
L-r, Colin McGrath and James King at Kelso Cemetary. The burials at the cemetary are down by over 80% at the ground due to the new cremetorium opening up at Melrose.
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Kelso’s three Scottish Borders councillors have now met with local authority officials to discuss proposals for a local memorial garden and wall.

Back in May, the proposals from local community councillor, John King, backed by his fellow community councillors, for the erection of memorial plaques and the allocation space for the ashes of people with connections to the town in the local cemetery, had been rejected by Scottish Borders Council.

The local authority said a ‘compelling business case’ needed to be established, as the vast majority of people who chose cremation made provision for friends and family to scatter their ashes at a special location.

But at this month’s meeting of the community council, members were informed that SBC was “now willing to talk” about Mr King’s scheme.

However, Scottish Borders councillor Alec Nicol had warned SBC had no budget for such a scheme at Kelso cemetery ... “so if it did go forward, it would have to be fully funded from someone other than the council,” he said.

That was two weeks ago and yesterday, Mr Nicol confirmed that, along with fellow Scottish Borders councillors Tom Weatherston and Simon Mountford, he had now met with SBC officials.

And he added: “Nothing has been decided and this issue will have to come back to the community council, but it could be council officers will come to a future meeting of the community council for a broader-based discussion around this.”