Council to block gate woman uses to visit son's grave three times a day

A local authority says they will be installing a new fence to block the gate that a woman installed so that she can visit her son’s grave three times a day.

Honey Sales’ 24-year-old son Connor Marchbanks died in 2019 of a cerebral haemorrhage and was buried in the cemetery behind her garden.

After his funeral, Honey had a gate built into her fence so she can go from her garden to the cemetery and visit her son, reports ChronikLive.

But the local authority says they will block this access now. The North Tyneside Council wrote to Honey that the gate was against the rules.

Honey said, “You wouldn’t know from the outside that it was a gate, so it doesn’t make anything unsightly in the cemetery and it’s not an eyesore because the hinges are on my side.

“It’s been there for over two years now and all of a sudden, last week, I got a letter from the council saying that they had been notified that there was a gate there.

“I don’t see why a member of the public would report this because it doesn’t affect anyone at that time.”

She added, “I know they have rules and regulations, but I have tried to appeal to their better natures and said that if they block it, that member of the public will be as heartbroken as I will if you do do not block. ” ?

“Your excuse is that if everyone on the street wanted to put a gate to the cemetery, it wouldn’t be allowed, so why should there be a rule for me?

“But what are the chances that my whole street will lose its only child and build a gate to the cemetery? It just won’t happen. “

The council has rejected Honey’s proposals to put a sign on the gate saying there is no public access or restrict the hours she uses the gate.

She said, “It’s my lifeline and my comfort.” It won’t hurt you as much as it does me to take it away. “

Connor was having dinner with his family and watching TV when he complained of a headache on July 10, 2019.

Within minutes he became unresponsive and had seizures, and paramedics took him to the hospital, where he died two days later.

Phil Scott, North Tyneside Council’s Director of Environment, Housing and Recreation, said, “We understand why Ms. Sales cares so deeply about this, and we expressed our condolences to her and her family.

“However, installing a private gate to the cemetery is against cemetery regulations and raises all sorts of questions regarding the safety of the site, health and safety, and fair and equal access.

“The council will install new fencing to ensure the site remains safe and secure, and we will continue to provide fair access to all cemetery users through the public entrances 365 days a year.”

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