St Stephens Closed Churchyard

Following a recent BRAMM inspection, urgent remedial safety work on the headstones at Newport (closed) Churchyard is due to commence on Tuesday 27th July and is estimated to be completed by Friday 13th August 2021 (weather permitting).

There is considerable work for the stonemasons to ensure compliance with BS8415.  A total of 60 headstones have been identified by the inspector as requiring attention. Some of these had been laid flat during the inspection due to safety concerns. The work on the headstones which have been temporarily laid flat will be prioritised.

Newport Parish Council sincerely apologise for any distress that this work may cause, and would seek to re-assure everyone that this is only a temporary measure until the headstones are made safe.

As a Council we would like to assure you that we take our responsibilities very seriously and would not be taking this course of action unless it was absolutely necessary.