Cemetery wall work to start

EMERGENCY work has started on a cemetery boundary wall.

A retaining wall will be built behind the existing wall, in Hartlepool’s North Cemetery, in Hart Lane, which has started to bulge outwards because of the movement of land behind the wall and deterioration of the structure.

The work will involve taking down the existing wall, building the new retaining wall to hold back the land and then rebuilding the existing wall to ensure that its character is retained.

Eight sycamore trees in the cemetery will be removed but trees will be planted afterwards.

Chris Wenlock, Hartlepool Borough Council’s parks and countryside manager, said: “The work is necessary because of public safety and to ensure the integrity of the cemetery as a burial ground is maintained.”

Work on the removal of the trees will begin next week and is expected to take three days.

Hart Lane will be restricted to just one lane for vehicles during the works and temporary traffic lights will be in place. Work on the wall will follow soon afterwards.

A lengthy stretch of wall from the Raby Road/Hart Lane junction up to Jesmond Mews is involved in the scheme, although the work will be carried out in sections.

These works will only require the closure of the footpath beside the cemetery wall.