News from ‘The Friends of Key Hill Cemetery & Warstone Lane Cemetery’

Trees and Lighting
At the Heritage Open Day on Sunday 10 September 2017 the Police raised their concerns about the overgrowth of the trees blocking out the light from the lamp posts making the area dark for public safety. This also affects parking and crime in the area with the Cemetery being a quick get-away with little or no lighting caused by the branches and greenery along these streets.

The branches on the trees on Vyse Street also overhang the footpath in Warstone Lane Cemetery.

There are also two fallen tree in Warstone Lane Cemetery, one is across a grave the other is blocking a foot path. This has been reported to Handsworth Cemetery, who are responsible for this cemetery.

This has also been reported on website Fix My Street – www.fixmystreet.com. This excellent service is somewhere your complaint is sent to the correct department within minutes. The public can report street lighting, broken street furniture, graffiti, pot holes etc. The website does not deal with Police issues.

The Friends had a good day at the Birmingham & Midland Institute on Saturday 9 September selling some items and many inquiries about grave locations.

On Sunday 10 September the Friends had a stall in Warstone Lane and although this was a poor day for selling items, there were inquiries about grave locations. Some purchased virtual tickets for the Tours on the day from the website Eventbrite.

PCSO Amanda Williams from the local Police said that they do look around the cemeteries ahead of the Heritage Open days but she was unaware that the Friends hold tours the second Sunday in the month, except for December.

Update:
As we went to press, this notification from Director Regulation and Enforcement arrived: A Tree Officer with responsibility for the trees within the Jewellery Quarter visited the cemetery early last week and raised an emergency order for the tree contractors to tackle the trees that have fallen within Warstone Lane Cemetery. A works order has also been placed to address the issues resulting from the overhanging trees along Vyse Street and Pitsford Street.

Jacqui Fielding
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