Knowsley Council Replace Prescot Cemetery Plaque, Gates

By on Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Knowsley Council have improved Prescot Cemetery with new gates and a replacement for a historic sign.

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Earlier this year, Prescot Online documented the poor state of Prescot Cemetery, following a litany of complaints from residents.

Viv Frodsham, who has family buried in the cemetery, began an online petition calling for the replacement of the historic plaque that once met visitors at the main entrance.

The council responded to the criticisms with a promise to replace the plaque, which had been removed due to its bad state of repair.

As well as replacing the plaque, the council have fitted elegant pedestrian gates either side of the main gates, which they say will be replaced later this summer.

A group of Prescot residents are now discussing the formation of a Friends of Prescot Cemetery, which they hope will be the start of a collaborative effort with the council to restore the graveyard to its rightful state. Residents interested in joining a friends group can contact Prescot Online for more information.

Below: Prescot Cemetery gates, before and after (recent photo by Viv Frodsham):

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Damaged plaque (photo by Knowsley Council):

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Restored Prescot Cemetery plaque (photos by Viv Frodsham):

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9 Comments

  1. Jennifer Bell

    Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 8:40 am

    Glad to know that at last KBC are listening to the residents. Now Prescot may come back to the standard we all know and love.

  2. Jennifer Bell

    Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 8:41 am

    Well done to the Friends of Prescot.

  3. G mcmahon

    Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 6:58 pm

    People power, otherwise nothing would have been done about it. Well done Prescotians !!

  4. Gail McMahon

    Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 7:01 pm

    Lets hope the vandals leave things alone and don’t write graffiti all over the plaques

  5. Gail McMahon

    Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 7:02 pm

    People power well done Prescotians nothing would have been done otherwise

  6. Neil Frodsham

    Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    Well done Mum and everyone involved

  7. Viv Frodsham

    Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    I think it necessary to thank Knowsley Council for their response to our concerns. We have the plaque replaced and the gates are to be replaced in due course. However, our cemetery is still unkempt and in need of some tender loving care. While it is the responsibility of the grave owners to upkeep their graves, Knowsley Council need to look after the grounds more, the paths are uneven and some of them unsafe. The taps are broken, necessitating visitors having to walk all around the cemetery to find a working tap for their flowers.
    But at least we have made a step forward in protecting the burial ground of our loved ones, the people who contributed to Prescot during their lifetime. It’s now our turn to look after them, and with Knowsley’s help, we will do this.

  8. Barbara Thorold

    Friday, May 31, 2013 at 6:21 pm

    Well done Viv. It’s the only way to make these councillors and employees take notice of the ratepayers, the people who keep them in jobs.

  9. Barbara Thorold

    Friday, May 31, 2013 at 6:23 pm

    Well done Viv. Getting petitions going seems to be the only way these ratepayer funded councillors and planners take any notice of the residents.

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