An article recently appeared in the Birmingham Mail regarding parking directly on tombstones in St Paul’s Churchyard.
Euro MP Mike Nattrass, who has a city centre commercial property firm, said that the parking showed a “lack of respect” and has raised the issue with both vicar Rev. Mary Gilbert and Birmingham City Council. Mr Nattrass, who is UKIP MEP for the West Midlands said: “While I understand the need to manage space for burials, particularly as land for this is under pressure, I find it difficult to accept the disrespect implicit in allowing relocated memorials to be used as a car park.”
Council chief executive Stephen Hughes said: “We have ascertained that to remove and relay the memorials in the grass and then excavate and tarmac over the area will cost in the region of £10,000 to £15,000. Both the council and the church have no funds available to carry out the required work.
The church has agreed that in the meantime they will try to reduce the usage of the area and reduce where possible the need to park vehicles on the area unless they have to in busy periods.”
Editors comment: (Should a Listed Churchyard be turned into a Car Park. There are some cars who park all day in that area, although the church itself is ‘closed’).
What do you think?