The details below arrived in my inbox this evening in connection with
Teignmouth Cemetery. Admins, I hope you will accept that this post is
forwarded (with permission) to the mailing list in the hope that those
researchers with ancestors buried in the cemetery are aware of the
My personal feeling is that this is a disgrace.
pherecrates1 posted: "SAVE OUR CEMETERY Two years ago Teignbridge
announced a proposal to convert the Chapel and other attached
buildings in Teignmouth Old Cemetery, Exeter Road to residential
accommodation. There was a huge public outcry and many people wrote to
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New post on Teignmouth Tales from the Grave
URGENT Action required
SAVE OUR CEMETERY
Two years ago Teignbridge announced a proposal to convert the Chapel
and other attached buildings in Teignmouth Old Cemetery, Exeter Road
to residential accommodation.
There was a huge public outcry and many people wrote to Teignbridge to
object to the proposal.
All went quiet and the proposal was never submitted to the Planning Committee.
In the mean time a Community “Right to Buy” proposal was submitted to
Teignbridge to enable some protection against any future commercial
development of the Chapel. That was rejected by Teignbridge on the
grounds that the Chapel was not in community use. Catch 22. Of
course it wasn’t in community use because Teignbridge had allowed the
buildings to fall into neglect and had boarded them up.
On Friday 13th January Teignbridge issued a new announcement (out of
the blue) in the local paper (buried on p64) asking for Expressions of
Interest for the renovation of the Chapel etc for community use. They
have given only 8 working days to reply.
On the face of it this might suggest that Teignbridge have had a
change of heart. But cynically it could be the reverse …. By burying
it on p64 and only allowing 8 days to reply they could be hoping that
no expressions of interest come forward. They could then say that
they have had no expression of community interest and would then
legitimately pursue commercial development.
Such a development could in turn lead (legally) to the conversion of
the Old Cemetery land into land for building, destroying a significant
part of Teignmouth’s history and heritage going back over 150 years.
We need to marshall a lot of community support over the next couple of
weeks if we want to protect the cemetery. If you agree to trying to
keep the Cemetery and buildings in community use please send an email
to that effect to: gravetales(a)gmail.com.
If you are able to give any direct help in putting together an
Expression of Interest, organising publicity and drumming up support
please include that in your email as well.
We already planning a few things and will let everyone know as soon as
we have definite details.
The blog with details is at http://wp.me/p6L6x9-2V