Enfield Council have issued a statement after concerns were raised about Tottenham Park Cemetery.
Tottenham Park Cemetery is a privately owned and operated cemetery by Tottenham Park Cemetery Ltd.
Members of the community raised serious concerns with the Council about the condition of Tottenham Park Cemetery, Montague Road, Edmonton.
As a result, Council officers inspected the cemetery and identified conditions and structures within the cemetery that posed a high risk to the safety of visitors to the cemetery. These safety concerns were raised with Tottenham Park Cemetery Ltd, and also referred to the Health and Safety Executive as the enforcement body.
In the light of the safety risks, Tottenham Park Cemetery Ltd took the decision to close the cemetery on Friday 16 February 2018 to protect the public.
The Council understands how distressing and upsetting it is for the community to be unable to visit their loved ones in the cemetery. It was appropriate in the circumstances that Tottenham Park Cemetery Ltd took action to close the cemetery.
The Council is in communication with Tottenham Park Cemetery Ltd and will do whatever it can to facilitate the company in their actions to make the cemetery safe and therefore re-open it as soon as possible.
We understand that some members of the Community have advocated entering the cemetery despite it being closed. It is essential that the cemetery is not entered when it is closed due to risks to personal safety.
Tottenham Park Cemetery Ltd have commissioned their own inspections to determine the best course of action for the remedial works needed. The company is in communication with the Council to discuss their proposals for completing immediate remedial works, so that the cemetery can be re-opened as soon as possible.
Tottenham Park Cemetery Ltd have advised that they will place updates regarding access to the cemetery onto their website.
However, if the community have any queries, the company say that they can contact them by email or by ringing them on 01375 891440.