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Austin calls for war grave maintenance at local church

Ian Austin MP and local campaigner Damian Corfield are calling on the Council to improve the care and maintenance of a graveyard which houses 19 war graves, at All Saints Church in Sedgley.

Graves at the church have been left to fall in to a terrible condition, some are almost impossible to get to because of extensive overgrowth.

Austin and Corfield were contacted by local residents, one of whose relatives are buried at All Saints Church. Residents have complained that there was no access to most of the grounds and that some tombs had the headstone missing and in some cases were exposed.

Austin is visiting All Saints Church, Sedgley with local campaigner and council candidate Damian Corfield on Friday 11th March at 12:15. He is calling for the Council to clear up the graveyard and maintain the area in the future.

Ian Austin said:

“It’s terrible that the graveyard has been left to deteriorate into this condition. You can barely access parts of the site and there is damage to some areas.

“I think the Council should take responsibility for this and clears the area. Graves here mark the lives of people who fought and died for this country, but have been neglected and I don’t think this is good enough.”

Local Campaigner Damian Corfield:

“I want to see this cleared up and I will work hard to see that it is done. Seeing the site as it is must be distressing for relatives and friends visiting the graves.”

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