Zion Cemetery

Memorial Stability Testing will be commencing week beginning Tuesday 10th May 2016.

The Memorial Stability Programme is a continual program of works being carried out by Thanet District Council to ensure all headstones and memorials are stable and do not pose a risk of immediate danger to the public or staff in the cemeteries.

It is estimated there are more than 100,000 memorials across cemeteries in Thanet, including some of the closed churchyards and Thanet Crematorium Garden of Rest where the council is responsible for maintenance. All testing will be in line with current Ministry of Justice guidelines and British Standard BS 8415.

A question and answer leaflet has been produced to guide plot owners through what could be a potentially upsetting time, plus the cemeteries and crematorium team based at Thanet Crematorium will be able to answer questions and give advice on all aspects of the Memorial Stability Program.

All testing will be conducted with the greatest respect and all plot owners will be kept informed at every step of the process. Thanet District Council will make every effort to trace the owners of plots that are affected by this process but sometimes this is difficult due to plot owners changing addresses.

If you have any doubts about plot ownership or if you know of a relative that is buried in Zion Cemetery then please contact Thanet Crematorium.

This programme will test the memorials’ stability and as some of them are more than 100 years old, the weather has taken its toll and they have started to erode. 
Every care will be made to ensure that the dignity of the burial ground is maintained and we understand that handling the memorials may be upsetting for some people.

Any work needed to make the memorials stable must be carried out by a fully qualified and approved stone mason. A list of local Stone Masons is available from the council.
For more information or to raise concerns about a particular memorial, please contact the Crematorium on 01843 577333.