Basildon councillors have approved a policy to standardise the approach to all memorials for loved ones and pets in the borough's parks and open spaces.

Councillors were asked to approve the adoption of a draft Memorials Policy at a meeting of the Neighbourhoods and Public Spaces Committee last night (Wednesday 5 February).

Some parts of the policy were adopted following a previous committee meeting in July last year.

This draft policy standardises the approach to all memorials for loved ones in the borough's parks and open spaces.

It includes the scattering of ashes of loved ones and introduces a complete ban on the release of balloons and sky lanterns on all council-owned land - both are damaging to the environment, causing litter and harming wildlife.

Chairman of the Neighbourhoods and Public Spaces Committee Councillor David Harrison said: "I think this policy will be well received by the public, in particular, pet owners who will appreciate a quiet space, set among trees, as a final resting place for their much loved animals and somewhere they can visit as often as they wish. It's also important we safeguard the environment by introducing a ban on balloons and sky lanterns on council-owned land which can be harmful the wildlife and cause litter." 


Press release published on Thursday 06 February, 2020