An unholy row has been brewing over the neglected state of Crawley Green Road Burial Ground.
Residents adjacent to the cemetery claim they have been unable to access their boundary fences because of the rampant weeds and brambles.
Mrs Margaret Holyland of Ketton Close said: “It’s a shambles. You wouldn’t want to be seen dead in there.”
What makes her even more incensed is complaints to the chair of trustees appear to have fallen on stony ground.
She said: “After my third message went unanswered, I asked for the courtesy of a return call.
“A lady rang to say the matter was in hand and she would get back to us.
“She told us it was down to the trustees and they are a charity so it was a question of money.
“But since then there has been no further contact.”
Mrs Holyland confessed the problem had been ongoing for the past few years.
She said: “We have been unable to maintain or access our fence panels because the cemetery gardeners neglect to mow, strim or clear weeds and brambles within about 10ft of the boundary.
“We cannot force them to keep their side clear and don’t know where to turn.”
St Mary’s Church vicar Rev Mike Jones – who is also chair of the Burial Ground trustees – apologised for the inconvenience and said: “Regular annual maintenance to the brambles in the burial ground was postponed last year because of the extended period of wet weather and I understand it did not take place last autumn .
“The area is due to be inspected this week and the work will be done as a matter of urgency.
“The condition of the burial ground is checked regularly once a year and there is a programme of maintenance which is normally sufficient but obviously wet and windy weather can disrupt that.” He added: “The trustees can be reached through St Mary’s and we are happy to be contacted by local residents if issues with brambles ever arise again.”