The following information has been received from Dumfries & Galloway Council about the safety of headstones in cemeteries in Dumfries & Galloway

Memorial/Headstone Safety Project

Dear Community Council,

We wanted to take this opportunity to contact all Community Councils across Dumfries and Galloway regarding the Memorial/Headstone Safety Project which has recently restarted. As work progresses, Officers will be in direct contact with Community Councils and other organisations within Communities where we are due to start an inspection of Memorials/Headstones within one of your cemeteries.

As you may be aware, Lair holders are responsible for the maintenance and repair of Lairs which includes Memorials and Headstones and Dumfries and Galloway Council as the Burial Authority, are responsible for the safety of our communities, visitors and staff within cemeteries/burial grounds.  Dumfries and Galloway Council are therefore progressing an inspection regime across all 215 cemeteries throughout the region and where required, making unstable Memorials/Headstones safe to ensure the safety of our communities.

For further information regarding this project please visit our webpage at Headstone Safety - Dumfries and Galloway Council (   If you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact us by email on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by telephone on 0303 333 3000.

Karen Anderson   Community Learning & Development Worker  Communities Directorate  Town Hall High Street Annan DG12 6AQ Telephone  03033333000