80 residents from Quarrington Hill attended a public meeting on Friday 23 August convened by Cassop-cum-Quarrington Parochial Church Council who are responsible for the maintenance of the churchyard.
To be clear, its maintenance is not the responsibility of Coxhoe or Cassop-cum-Quarrington Parish Councils or Durham County Council. The meeting heard that due to recent significant subsidence that the churchyard had been temporarily closed under advice from the Church Council’s Insurers.
The Church Council outlined that they proposed to have a Geo-Technical survey done with the intention of making an application to the Ministry of Justice for closure of the churchyard which could prevent any further burials there.
Understandably residents were very unhappy at being unable to access relatives’ graves and the possible closure, and the overwhelming feeling of the meeting is that they didn’t want it to be closed and wanted it to be accessible as soon as possible.
The Church Council agreed that once they had the results of the surveys that they would hold another public meeting to share the findings before any final decisions were made. In the meantime residents were asked to not visit the churchyard for their own Health & Safety and to avoid any accidents or injuries.