Cemetery visitor disgusted as water supply used to wash cars

DISRESPECTFUL: Jack Owen, Sudbury town councillor, criticised people washing their car at the town's cemetery.
DISRESPECTFUL: Jack Owen, Sudbury town councillor, criticised people washing their car at the town's cemetery.

A Sudbury cemetery visitor has spoken of her disbelief after she saw a couple using the water supply to wash their car on Sunday.

Debbie Chick, from The Hawthorns, was visiting her father’s grave at the Newton Road cemetery at 3pm when she spotted the Volkswagen Golf owners filling buckets and watering cans from the tap used to water flowers on graves.

“I just think it is disgusting,” said Mrs Chick, who works as a carer.

“There were two of them cleaning their car with watering cans and the water supply for the graveyard.”

She took a photograph of the man and the woman but did not confront them.

“I had been to my dad’s grave with my two daughters as his headstone has just been put up so I was emotional anyway – in normal circumstances, I would have said something,” she said.

“The water is there to help people to pay their respects to their family and loved ones.”

Mrs Chick, who visits the cemetery regularly, added: “I have never seen this before and I don’t expect to see it again.”

The cemetery has several taps and watering cans for visitors to use.

Paddy Brotherwood, cemetery superintendent who works on weekdays, said: “This should not be happening but it is difficult to stop. There is nobody at the cemetery from the council at the weekend.

“I could turn the water off but then people wouldn’t have the supply to tend to the graves.”

Jack Owen, Sudbury town councillor, said: “I know people are finding bills difficult to pay and the cost of utilities is going up but it shouldn’t be the ratepayers of Sudbury’s responsibility to foot their bills.

“The water is there for the families of people buried there to keep the graves in a decent condition. If people are using the water for other things, it is quite disrespectful.”