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Tameside Bereavement Services


Cemetery and Crematorium Regulations


made by Tameside Metropolitan Borough

Governing: Ashton Cemetery, Audenshaw Cemetery, Denton Cemetery, Droylsden Cemetery, Dukinfield Cemetery and Crematorium, Hyde Cemetery, Mossley Cemetery and Mottram Cemetery

1. Definition of Terms

In the construction of these Regulations the following words have the meaning hereinafter respectively assigned to them, unless such meanings be repugnant to, or inconsistent with, the context or subject matter in which such words occur, that is to say:-

"The Council" means the Council of the Tameside Metropolitan Borough.

"Registrar" means the Registrar of the Cemetery or the person for the time being carrying out the duties of the Registrar and includes the Head of Environmental Services of the Council. The powers given by these regulations to the Registrar may, if necessary, be implemented on his instructions by other officials of the Cemetery or by members of the Cemetery Staff.

"Cemetery" means Ashton, Audenshaw, Denton, Droylsden, Dukinfield, Hyde, Mossley and Mottram Cemeteries respectively.

"Private Grave" means a grave space wherein such exclusive right has been granted.

"Memorial" means any gravestone, kerbs, cross, vase, tablet, scroll or any other monumental work.

2. Cemetery and Crematorium Office

The Central Registrars Office for Ashton, Audenshaw, Denton, Droylsden, Dukinfield, Hyde, Mossley, Mottram Cemeteries and Dukinfield Crematorium is situated at Dukinfield Cemetery, Hall Green Road, Dukinfield.

Telephone 0161-330 1901

The office is open from 8.30am to 12pm and 1pm to 4.30pm each weekday, Monday to Friday inclusive.

The office will not open on Saturdays or Sundays, New Year's Day, Good Friday and Christmas Day or any other holiday declared by the Council.

3. Plan of the Cemetery

A plan of the Cemetery showing position and number of every grave space shall be kept at the said office and may be inspected during office hours, without charge.

4. Notices and Applications

Unless otherwise agreed upon by the Registrar, all notices of cremation, interment and applications for grave spaces, for the construction of bricked graves and the erection of memorials and lettering of inscriptions shall be given or made in writing on the Council's official order form at the Registrar's office during the hours aforesaid before any work may be commenced.

The Registrar shall not be responsible for any misunderstanding which may arise as the result of telephoned instructions or requests unless such instructions or requests are confirmed to him in writing.

Any application, notice or order sent by post shall be at the risk in all respects of the sender, and the Registrar shall not be responsible for any loss or delay.

5. For preparing or re-opening a Private or Public Grave, a minimum of 48 hours notices (exclusive of Saturday and Sunday) is required. In the case of preparing or re-opening a vault or bricked grave, three clear working day's minimum notice (exclusive of Saturday and Sunday) is required. Orders for interment on Monday and Tuesday afternoon must be placed before 10am on the Thursday and Friday respectively.

This notice may be dispensed with by order of the Council if the preservation of Public Health requires it; a medical certificate must be produced to this effect whenever an interment is required to take place earlier than the prescribed notice.

Twenty-four hours notice in writing must be given to the Registrar after a receipt of a memorial permit before fixing.

6. The Council shall not accept any responsibility for any communication agreed upon under Regulation 4 which does not reach the Registrar's Office in time to afford the requisite notice

7. Fees and Charges

The fees and charges payable to the Council in respect of interments or cremations and in respect of grave spaces, vaults, gravestones, and any other matters in connection with the Cemeteries and Crematorium shall be those set forth from time to time and printed separately and settled by the Council, and all accounts for the aforesaid fees and charges shall be paid prior to any such interment or cremation or to the commencement of any work in matters in connection with the Cemeteries and Crematorium.

The production of the receipt for payment or the grave owner's authority form for the work whether a fee has been charged or not by the Council may be demanded by the Registrar at any time during the execution of the work. On each and every occasion that the person carrying out the work attends the cemetery or crematorium while the particular work continues he must present such authority to the Registrar before commencing that work.

Only the official printed receipt in the prescribed form shall be the one acknowledged and accepted by the Council.

8. Certificates and Orders for Disposal

The Certificate for Disposal issued by the Registrar of Deaths, or, in cases where an inquest has been held, the Coroner's Order for Burial, or a written Declaration in the prescribed form by the person procuring the disposal by burial or cremation of the body of a deceased person that a Certificate of the Registrar or Order of the Coroner has been issued in respect of the deceased, must be handed to the Registrar at the Cemetery or Cremation before burial or cremation takes place.

This also applies to children stillborn.

9. Deeds of Grant

On the purchase of the exclusive rights of burial in a grave, a deed of grant of the Council shall be issued to the person to whom, or on whose behalf, the said exclusive right of burial is purchased, and such person shall be registered in the books of the Council as the owner of the same. Whenever any interment takes place in a private grave (other than a new grave), the deed of grant shall be produced to the Registrar with the official order, before any work or preparation of the grave for interment may take place.

10. In cases where the Deed of Grant has been lost or mislaid, the grave will be opened on the application of any person whom the Council shall consider entitled thereto, or by a person making a Statutory Declaration and giving an indemnity to the Council, forms of which may be obtained at the Registrars Office.

11. The charge for interment in a public grave does not entitle a person procuring the disposal of a body to any right or privilege other than a right of burial in a grave to be selected by the Council.

12. No transfer of the exclusive right of burial in a grave will be valid unless such transfer has been registered with the Council.

13. Persons not being residents in the Borough of Tameside shall be eligible to purchase the exclusive right of burial in any grave but they shall pay to the Council the charges as specified in the scale of charges as being applicable to non-residents.

However, if any person responsible for the disposal of the dead, objects to the payment of the higher fee applicable to non-residents, on the grounds that the deceased has resided in Tameside for the major park of his/her life, then such objection be brought to the attention of the Senior Registrar, Michael Gurney.

14. Interment Procedure - Except where specifically authorised to the contrary by the Council or Registrar

The remains of stillborn and newly born children shall be brought for burial or cremation in a suitable wooden container. Every other body brought for burial or cremation shall be and shall remain enclosed in a coffin of the type and style traditionally used in England for the burial or cremation of the dead, viz:

The coffin shall be substantially constructed of wood with all the joints effectively sealed. No glass or other transparent material that could reveal the body or any part thereof may be used in the construction, and the lid and all other parts must be properly and firmly secured before being brought to the Cemetery or Crematorium.

Neither the lid nor any other part of the coffin shall be opened, slid aside, or removed within the Cemetery or Crematorium on any pretext.

14a. Interments - Muslim Section

The Council recognises the wishes of the Muslim community to bury their dead in accordance with their faith and practice, and the following regulations governing burials have been made after consultation with the local Muslim community representatives:-

The Muslim community may bury their dead in shrouds and/or remove the coffin lid at the graveside if so desired, provided that:-

  1. the body is conveyed to the graveside in a suitable lidded coffin or container approved by the Registrar;
  2. the shrouded body shall not be visible or removed from the coffin or container until all mourners have assembled around the graveside so as to obscure the body from public view;
  3. Cemetery staff, or others employed by the Council, shall not be required to come into contact with the body at any time;
  4. in order to satisfy the Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984, the body of a person dying from a notifiable disease will not be permitted to be handled, transported, or buried unless enclosed in a coffin;
  5. a stock grave be prepared ready to facilitate burial as soon as possible after death. Sufficient wooden timbers are to be used to form a chamber into which burial may take place;
  6. all graves are prepared in such a way that the body rests on the right side and faces Mecca;
  7. after settlement of the grave, and if requested, turf mounding of the graves to a depth of 6 inches will be carried out by the Cemetery Staff.

15. Times for Interment and Cremation

Persons desiring the use of the Cemetery Chapel must give notice of such intention when the notice of interment is given.

16. Interments and cremations are not allowed on Saturdays, Sundays, New Year's Day, Good Friday, Christmas Day or any other holiday declared by the Council.

The hours of arrival of funerals at the Cemetery and Crematorium shall take place on Monday to Friday only between 9.00am to 12noon and 1.00pm to 4.00pm and shall be arranged by the Council through the Registrar. In order not to cause the interference of one funeral with another and general inconvenience, punctuality must be observed in all cases and any funeral arriving at the Cemetery or Crematorium and causing inconvenience will be liable to a surcharge for each 15 minutes or part thereof.

17. Except by a special arrangement, no funeral party shall occupy the Cemetery or Crematorium chapel for a longer period than 20 minutes.

18. When a notice of burial or cremation has been given, no alteration will be permitted as to the time of burial or cremation or the kind of ground for burial which has been specified, unless notice thereof is given at the Registrar's office not later than 11am on the day preceding the funeral, and payment made of an amount to be fixed by the Registrar in respect of any work which may have already been executed, and any other expenses which have been incurred or will be rendered necessary.

19. Walled Graves

Walled graves - every coffin in such graves must be covered with a stone slab not less than 50mm in thickness, and wholly entombed in an airtight manner. It shall be permissible for a coffin at interment to be bricked round to coffin height with brickwork of not less than 115mm thickness and the whole covered with a stone slab of not less than 50mm thickness so as to form a total entombment in an airtight manner, but unless this procedure of entombment has been carried out at the immediate previous interment it shall not be permissible for the same to be executed at any subsequent interment.

20. Grave Spaces

All grave spaces, with the exception of Muslim graves, shall be dug to a depth of 2700mm within an area of 2700mm by 1200mm and no grave shall be dug or excavated and no foundation constructed except by persons appointed by the Council. The grave spaces in the respective denominational sections shall be selected by the Council and there shall be only one class.

21. No encroachment shall be allowed for burial purposes on any ground allotted to paths or buildings or in the walks, shrubbery or gardens within the Cemeteries.

22. Conduct

All funerals at the Cemetery and Crematorium shall be under the control and direction of the Council and all hearses and carriages must be taken to the places directed. Motors and carriages accompanying funerals will be admitted into the Cemetery. With respect of motors the engines must be switched off whilst waiting for the return of the funeral party. No person shall ride any bicycle, tricycle or other similar machine in any part of the cemetery.

23. If it is proposed to fire a military salute at an interment, or if it is expected that a funeral will be attended by an unusually large number of people, or by bands, or choirs, or banners, the permission of the Council must be first had and obtained at least one clear day before the funeral and the Council may by their employees exclude from the Cemetery or Crematorium on the occasion of any such funeral any persons not being mourners or officially connected with the funeral.

24. A military salute must not be fired if another interment is taking place in the vicinity, and the time for such a funeral must be arranged accordingly.

25. Whenever a funeral is attended by a band of music, the band must cease playing on arrival at the Cemetery gates; no playing is allowed inside the Cemetery or Crematorium unless special permission has been obtained from the Council under regulation 23 hereof.

26. No demonstration of any kind shall be held within the Cemetery or Crematorium nor any religious service other than the service at the time of interment, without the consent of the Council.

27. No person shall be allowed to distribute tracts, business cards or advertisements within the Cemetery or Crematorium nor shall anyone be permitted, without the express permission of the Council to trespass upon or use the Cemetery roads or walks for the conveyance of goods, parcels or other materials not intended for use in the Cemetery or Crematorium.

28. No person shall sit, stand or climb upon or over any gravestones, headstone, tombstone or other monument or any palisading, gate, wall, fence or building belonging to the Cemetery or Crematorium, or thrown any missile within the Cemetery or Crematorium.

29. The Cemeteries and Crematorium shall be open to the public on each day from 8.30am until 30 minutes before dusk.

30. All persons shall conduct themselves in a quiet, orderly and decorous manner, and no person shall commit any nuisance within the Cemetery or Crematorium, and the playing of transistor radios or similar equipment is forbidden at all times.

31. Visitors or persons attending funerals or visiting the Cemetery shall not interfere with the workmen at their duties, nor employ them to plant graves or to execute any private work whatsoever within the Cemetery.

32. No animals, dogs, horses, etc., shall be allowed in the Cemetery.

33. Smoking is prohibited in the Cemetery near any place where any funeral or religious service is taking place.

34. No person except on business, shall be allowed access to any of the offices, buildings or enclosures in the Cemetery, and no person shall be permitted to enter or leave the grounds except by the proper entrance gate.

35. No person shall be allowed to plant trees, shrubs or flowers on any grave in the Cemetery except with the permission of the Registrar.

36. Subject to the payment of the appropriate fee, no more than one separate flower vase shall be allowed on graves purchased after the 1 April 1974, and the vase shall be placed only on the concrete foundation at the head of the grave, until such time as a lawn memorial is erected, then the vase will be placed at the right of the York landing stone which supports the memorial.

On graves purchased prior to the above dates, not more than two separate flower vases shall be allowed until such time as a memorial is erected in accordance with regulation 53.

37a. Flower vases which must not exceed 450mm in height by 300mm in length or width of an ornamental character may be placed only on purchased graves after the consent of the Registrar has been obtained.

37b. Any unsightly or objectionable articles shall not be allowed and the Registrar shall be at liberty to remove any article which shall be broken or have become unsightly, or in his opinion, objectionable and any flowers which shall be withered or dead. The flying of flags on individual graves is not permitted and will be removed by cemetery staff. The Council reserve the right to level turf or in any way in their opinion improve the ground and graves within the Cemeteries.

38. No artificial flowers or plants will be allowed to be brought into the Cemetery.

39. Model Aeroplanes

No person shall fly a model aeroplane over or in the Cemetery grounds.

40. Use of Cameras

The use of still, cine and television cameras is strictly prohibited at or near any grave before, during or after an interment. Such equipment shall not be used to photograph mourners or any part of a funeral cortege within the Cemetery, without the permission of the Registrar or other duly authorised cemetery official. Such permission will not normally be granted without the prior consent of the next of kin of the person being interred and, in the case of television cameras, the additional prior consent of the said Head of Service.

Subject to the exceptions overleaf, still and cine cameras may be used in the Cemetery but, if it is intended to publish the photographs obtained or used them for advertising, a permit must first be issued by the Registrar and, in the case of photographs of memorials taken for such purposes, the Registrar may require the written consent of the grave owner on the official form of grave owner's authority, copies of which can be obtained from the Cemetery office.

41. Register of Burials

A Register of Burials is kept at the registrar's offices, where searches may be made during office hours and certified extracts obtained on payment of the prescribed fees.

42. Brick and Stonework

All brick and stone work in graves, or foundations shall be executed by the Council at the expense of the owner of the grave.

43. No brick or stone work, railing, memorial, monument, gravestone, vase, tablet or inscription shall be allowed (except with the consent of the Council) in, over or to any grave or vault, the exclusive right of burial in which has not been purchased.

44. Conduct of Persons in the Cemetery

No person shall play at any game or sport in the Cemetery or wilfully and unlawfully disturb any person assembled thereon for the purpose of burying a body therein.

45. Children

Children shall only be permitted under the care of the responsible persons.

46. Vehicles

All vehicles shall be driven at a walking pace when within the Cemetery.

47. Maintenance of Spaces and Memorials

Grave spaces which are allowed to get into a neglected condition may be repaired or kept free from weeds by the Council. The cost of such work shall be repaid to the Council and no grave or vault shall be re-opened upon which any such cost remains unpaid.

48. Every memorial and existing kerbs, if any, or monument must be kept in repair and in a tidy and safe condition by the owner. reasonable effort will be made to give notice to the owner when repairs are needed and if such repairs are not made within six months after the issue of such notice the Council reserve the right to remove and dispose of the kerbs and memorials without recompense of any kind.

49. In the event of a grave being required for interment where a memorial has been erected, the existing kerbs, if any, will be dismantled by the cemetery workmen at a charge approved by the Council.

The grave owner shall then be required to ensure that the said kerbs, if any, are properly refixed within nine months from the date of interment, otherwise the Council shall be at liberty to remove and dispose of the same without recompense of any kind.

50. New Lawn Memorials - Applications for Approval

No memorials shall be admitted to the Cemetery without the written approval of the Council. Tameside MBC operate a Memorial Masons Registration Scheme. An initial fee is charged for registration of Memorial Masons. A list of Approved Memorial Masons is available from Dukinfield Cemetery Office. No other person may install memorials within Tameside Cemeteries. Tameside MBC accepts no liability for the workmanship of Approved Memorial Masons.

Applications for approval shall be forwarded to the Registrar at the Cemetery, on the official grave owner's authority form, and must accompany a drawing of the proposed memorial to a scale of 25mm to 300mm showing the design in plan and elevation, and dimension in figures and all ground anchors, clamps, dowels, tongues, pins and other fastenings, together with a specification of the material of which the memorial is to be constructed. A copy of all inscriptions to be cut on the memorial shall be sent with the drawing.

50a. All applications must be signed by the Grave Owner.

50b. New memorial and kerbs

In October 2012, the decision was made to allow kerbs to be fixed at the head of the grave to the following dimensions only:

  • 900mm wide Maximum
  • 600mm deep Maximum

The kerbs must be constructed in the same material and colour of the headstone and the kerbs must be placed on top of a concrete flag which must not exceed 900mm x 600mm x 50 mm.

In all cases, kerbs must be fixed in place with cement, polymer or adhesive dowelled with a minimum of one horizontal dowel in each joint between kerbs and any posts forming part of the kerbs set. There will be no requirement to dowel the kerbs to the headstone itself.

An application form, showing the full design of the proposed memorial and the proposed kerbs must be submitted to the Cemetery Office, by the Memorial Mason.

Upon authorisation, a permit to proceed with the work will be issued by the Cemetery Office. A one off ‘Right to erect’ fee will be charged in accordance with the Councils Fees & Charges.

50c. Retrofitting a memorial by adding kerbs

If kerbs are to be added to an existing memorial, an application form must be submitted showing the full design, dimensions and construction of the proposed kerbs. Upon authorisation, a permit to proceed with the work will be issued by the Cemetery Office. A ‘Right to erect kerbs’ fee will be charged in accordance with the Councils fees & charges.

When a grave has to be reopened for a further Interment, the kerbs shall be removed by the Cemetery Staff and placed behind the Headstone, if they have not been removed by a Stonemason. It will be the responsibility of the family to arrange for a stonemason to refix the kerbs back on the grave. Kerbs cannot be placed back on the grave until at least 3 months after the interment has taken place in order to allow for the grave to settle.

50d. Inscriptions on Kerbs

Any inscriptions to be placed on a kerb set will be classed as an additional inscription and the appropriate fee charged. An application will be required, outlining the proposed inscription and must be submitted to the cemetery office by the
Stonemason before any work commences.

50e. In order to carry out their work safely. Cemetery Operatives may be required to temporarily remove kerbs from graves to allow adjacent graves to be reopened for further interments.

In these circumstances, and provided the kerbs are official authorised kerbs, the cemetery staff will replace the kerbs back to their original position following the funeral in the adjacent grave.

50f. Strict enforcement will be carried out by Bereavement Services staff to remove any kerbs which encroach the dimensions outlined in the Cemetery Regulations.

50g. Any memorial or kerbs fixed within the Cemetery without the approval of the Council may be removed on the instructions of the Registrar, at the cost of the person responsible for erecting the same and the Stonemason (if applicable) will be dealt with via the procedures within the Memorial Masons Registration Scheme.

51. Stonemasons or others are prohibited from soliciting orders within the Cemetery.

52. The position of grave spaces upon which memorials may be placed shall at all times be determined by the Council.

53. No memorial shall exceed 925mm maximum height (including landing stone) above ground level. The graves shall be marked by black granite, natural gritstone or similar dark coloured lawn type headstones. White marble shall not be used at Mottram Cemetery Extension.

54. Memorials at Owner's Risk

All memorials, of whatever description, admitted into the Cemetery or permitted to be erected therein shall remain there at the owners' sole risk and the Council and the registrar shall not be held responsible for any damage which might occur to the same other than by the Council's workmen or servants.

55. Headstones

All headstones shall be supported by such foundations as the Council may deem necessary and be bedded with approved sand and cement with steel re-enforcement.

The fixing method used must comply with all the current requirements of the National Association of Memorial Masons (NAMM) Recommended Code of Working Practice

56. All headstones shall be erected on a landing of stone or other approved material not less than 75mm in thickness, the same to form a foot of 300mm from back to front and 900mm in width.

58. Construction of Memorials

Only marble, granite or hard natural stone shall be used in the construction of memorials. No bath, Caen or other soft stone, concrete or artificial stone of any kind shall be used in construction of a memorial. (Vases and/or containers only shall be exempt from this part of the regulations relating to artificial stone, but in all cases it is the right of the Council through the Registrar to determine the suitability of the same).

From 1 April 1974 no kerb sets, flat stones, palisading, bell glasses and ornamental railings of any description shall be allowed to be erected on any grave, except where an application for erection has been made prior to that date. No woodwork or metal other than approved for use as dowels shall be used in the construction of a memorial.

Wooden Crosses are allowed to be erected on graves, subject to the following conditions:

  • No wooden crosses shall be admitted to the cemetery without approval of the council
  • To be soundly constructed in hard, natural wood.
  • Firmly erected at the head of the grave.
  • Regularly maintained to a high standard
  • Overall height to be no more than presently allowed for a lawn headstone in a Tameside Council Cemetery.

59. Subject to the provision of Regulation 7 no lettering or cleaning of any memorial shall be permitted without the authority of the Registrar.

60. No fixing of any memorials shall be allowed on a foundation until after one full week from the date of construction of the foundation. No lawn memorial shall be erected on any grave within three months of the date of the last interment. Refixing of a kerb set on an earth grave shall not take place within six months of the date of the last interment, refixing of a memorial over a vault space is immediate.

61. The section letter and number of the grave must be cut and filled in upon the end of the vase on the left hand side, when viewed from the front of the memorial, in letters not more than 25mm high. The name only of the stone mason may be cut on the headstone similarly in not more than 25mm high letters.

62. All memorials shall be completely worked before they are admitted to the Cemetery and no labour beyond fixing (unless it be that of an alteration directed by the Registrar) shall be allowed upon them within the Cemetery.

63. All materials for memorials shall be conveyed into the Cemetery by hand or in such a manner as the Registrar shall from time to time direct.

64. Memorials shall not be erected in unsuitable weather or whilst the ground is in an unfit state.

65. All work in connection with the fixing or renovating of memorials shall cease each day the ordinary working hours of the Cemetery. No work shall take place within the immediate vicinity of a grave where an interment is taking place until the funeral service is over and the mourners have completely dispersed.

66. No work of any description on memorials or in connection with graves shall take place on Friday afternoons, Saturdays, Sundays, New Year's Day, Christmas Day, Good Friday or any other holiday declared by the Council.

67. After work on the erection of or in connection with memorials has commenced it must be continued expeditiously until the completion thereof. Materials required in the erection of or in connection with work upon memorials shall be removed during weekends and holiday periods unless permission has been received from the Registrar to the contrary.

68. Stonemasons or others employed in the fixing of memorials shall remove all spare soil and materials when the work is completed and leave the ground to the satisfaction of the Registrar. They shall be responsible for any damage done by them or their workmen to the ground or to memorials erected within the Cemetery or to any property

69. The Council reserve the right to exclude any memorial not executed in a workmanlike manner or that would in any way disfigure the Cemetery.

70. No memorial shall be altered or interfered with after it has been erected in the Cemetery in accordance with the design submitted to an approved by the Council in accordance with Regulation 50 except without the submission to an approval by the Council of a drawing showing the proposed alteration.

71. No person shall remove any material, vase, etc., or trees, shrubs, plants, flowers and turf from the cemetery without the approval of the Registrar.

72. Exhumation of coffin etc.

After a coffin has been lowered into a grave and covered with soil it shall not be exhumed without the consent of the Secretary of State for the Home Officer given in the form of a licence for the removal of Human Remains, the order of a Coroner, or (if appropriate), a licence of the Consistory Court.

In like manner, the appropriate consent shall be obtained to authorise the disinterment of an urn containing cremated remains.

73. Offences against the Regulations

Any person offending against the regulations may, during the pleasure of the Council, be prohibited from entering, remaining or working within the Cemetery, in any manner whatsoever and for such periods as the Council may in each instance from time to time determine.

74. Disposal of Ashes

Instruction for disposal of ashes must be received by the Registrar within twenty eight days after cremation, otherwise the ashes will be scattered at his discretion.

75. Application Forms

Forms of application for Cremation and all necessary information in relation thereto may be obtained from The Senior Registrar, Cemetery and Crematorium Office, Hall Green Road, Dukinfield.

76. General

The Council shall have the right to close the Crematorium at any time or from time to time for any period of time.

77. Any article found in the Cemeteries or Crematorium shall be taken to the Offices of the Registrar.

78. The "Code of Cremation Practice" issued by The Federation of British Cremation Authorities, must be adhered to at all times.

79. In cases of any dispute as to the interpretation of these regulations, the decision as to the interpretation thereof shall rest with the Council through the Registrar.

80. All complaints of incivility or inattention on the part of any servant of the Bereavement Services Department should be made to the said Head of Service.

81. Apart from routine enquiries made for the purpose of checking details of obituary notices, enquiries by the Press or other organisations engaged in the dissemination of news shall be made direct to the said Head of Service. No registrar, cemetery or crematorium officer or other cemetery or crematorium employee shall comment or make statements on cemetery or crematorium matters to the Press or to similar organisations without the prior consent of the said Head of Service.

82. These regulations are subject to alteration without notification by the Council at any time as may be considered necessary, and all grave spaces sold and memorials erected are subject to these regulations and any others that may be made from time to time.

83. An act necessary to the proper execution of his duty in the Cemetery by an officer of the Council, or by any person employed by the Council, shall not be deemed an offence against these regulations.

84. Any existing regulations in respect of a cemetery referred to in these regulations are hereby revoked.

85. These regulations may be cited as “The Tameside Metropolitan Borough Cemetery and Crematorium Regulations 1974 amended October 2012” and shall come into operation on the first day of November 2012.


Information as to fees and charges may be obtained on application to The Bereavement Services Manager at the Cemetery and Crematorium Office, Dukinfield Cemetery, Hall Green Road, Dukinfield. Telephone 0161-330 1901.

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