Labour-Led Southwark Council has started toppling and removing the memorials of those buried in common or public graves in Camberwell New Cemetery. The removal of memorials from the Second World War and earlier is to sell new private burial plots on top of the dead.
Dozens of memorials have already been removed in an area where poorer residents buried their dead. This is to make way for new pathways over the graves to burial plots on the side of One Tree Hill.
This is the part of the largest grave reuse project in Britain and a test case for the rest of the country:
Southwark supported local Peckham Society history group’s information board about those killed locally in the Blitz. But these same families’ WW2 burial memorials and graves are to be destroyed by Southwark to sell new plots.
The Friends of Camberwell Cemeteries demand that Southwark stop the wholesale destruction of family heritage and history of our cemeteries for profit.
Chair, Friends of Camberwell Cemeteries
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Poor grave memorials from WW2 era and before that Southwark has pushed over for removal in Camberwell New Cemetery