During Covid, Newport Council closed vehicle access to cemeteries across the city.
With other public spaces opening up, we want to see vehicle access to cemeteries restored.
Newport Council have said this is for health and safety - but if this was an issue before Covid, why is it only an issue now?
Our councillors were told that should residents wish to make a visit by car, "the vehicle access gates are open on the weekends and bank holidays. If there is a specific need to access the cemetery by car during the week, we would be happy to assist them with the necessary access, where service provision allows."
This is not acceptable. Grief won't wait. People have the right to access the spaces where their loved ones rest. And people shouldn't have to phone up a faceless bureaucrat to beg for access to see their loved ones.
Once again, this Labour administration is making decisions that will impact on older people, or disabled people, accessing public spaces to pay their respects.
We are calling on the Labour Council to reverse this ruling, open cemetery gates during the weekday, and let people grieve and pay respects in peace.
We know that grief won't wait.