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Man’s safer cemetery campaign pays off

DOGGED Bognor Regis campaigner Anton Matthews has received final confirmation of the success of his battle for safer cemeteries.

 

Mr Matthews has been told by British Standards his complaint about a mistake in the specification has been rectified.

 

British Standard BS8415:2016 will now read that testing of headstones to be installed in cemeteries has to be carried out in medium sand with a particle size between 0.06mm and 0.6mm.

 

It had previously wrongly stated a 0.6mm particle size.

 

Mr Matthews said: “I’ve spent 15 years on this issue. As far as I’m concerned, this is the end of it.

 

“At one stage, I went to London every month for a year to make sure that BS was correct. It’s now down to the authorities to put this into practice. We will see what happens.”

 

Mr Matthews, who runs Memorial Stone Centre in Rowan Way, has visited councils in Havant, Gosport and Lewes among others to inform them of the latest development.

 

He devised the Stone-Safe method of fitting headstones which meets the standard after a series of tragic accidents in churchyards caused by vandalism or sifting ground conditions.

 

His work has brought him into conflict with the national body for stone masons but he has persevered.

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