LETTER: Keep the water running...

For the past few years, autumns and winters have been very mild, and yet, except for one available source of water (a tap adjacent to the chapel), the water at Durrington Cemetery is turned off.

For whose benefit? Certainly not for the bereaved who tend to their loved ones’ graves either needing water for the wells or for the cleaning of headstones.

Not everyone has a car to convey the water up a steep hill and beyond, made worse for the elderly or infirm. Six months without access to water resources bar one, just on a whim that extreme cold winters may occur, is ridiculous.

It’s so convenient for the cemetery authorities to shut off the water supplies – problem solved.

May I add that winter covers three months of the year, not six as they would have us believe – October to April.

If they could charge for the supply of water, the taps would never be turned off.

This is Sussex on the south coast, not Siberia the Arctic or Antarctic. It’s so frozen over the autumn and winter months in Worthing from their assessment.

If only emperor penguins could fly, they would be breeding in Durrington Cemetery for six months of the year due to the icy conditions.

They fly back to Antarctica for a suntan presumably.

J. Rees

The Plantation



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