Letter: The cemeteries of Westminster council

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Sir: One key point has failed to emerge from reporting of the Westminster cemeteries issue (29 and 30 June), and that is the reason why the council has decided to buy them back. We are doing so as the only way to ensure that they are properly looked after - and they will be.

We have looked at every other option, including court action, but believe we have chosen the only certain way to see that the cemeteries are properly maintained from now on. It would not help the relatives to spend years, and large sums of money, going through the courts with no guarantee of success while the

cemeteries themselves fell into disrepair.

Yours faithfully,


Leader of the Council

City of Westminster

London, SW1

2 July