Right of Burial

5. Grant of Exclusive Right of Burial

a. The current policy of Melbourn Parish Council is that a plot in New Road Cemetery may not be pre-purchased and therefore an Exclusive Right of Burial cannot exist initially. An Exclusive Right of Burial will be created on the application for the first burial. An application for multiple burials, if required, must be made at this time.

b. Whilst ownership of an Exclusive Right of Burial for a grave does not give any ownership whatsoever in respect of actual land it does give the owner of the Deed the right to:-

  • be buried in that grave.
  • authorise further burial(s) in that grave where space is available. (see 6.h and 6.i)
  • erect or place a headstone and memorial on that plot subject to the Rules and Regulations of Melbourn Parish Council relating to such items.(see I j I )
  • have inscriptions/additional inscriptions placed on a memorial on that plot subject to the Rules and Regulations of Melbourn Parish Council relating to this matter.

c. On the purchase of the Exclusive Right of Burial in a grave a Deed of Grant shall be issued to the purchaser whose name shall be registered (to be known as the Owner).

d. Possession of a Deed does not necessarily give the person in possession ownership of Exclusive Right of Burial. Where the owner is deceased, subsequent ownership depends on whether or not the deceased left a valid Will. The law concerning this matter is very complex and it is strongly advised that a solicitor be consulted to establish the new ownership. Ownership of a Deed may also be transferred or assigned by use of a form (Declaration, Indemnity and Application in respect of the transfer or Assignment of an Exclusive Right of Burial obtainable from the Clerk to the Council).

e. The Deed of Exclusive Right of Burial is an important document like any other Deed and should be kept in a safe place.

f. The Exclusive Right of Burial shall extend for 75 years from the date of purchase. Rights may be extended for a further period of 75 years on payment of the fee when applicable.

g. The transfer or assignment of an Exclusive Right of Burial in a grave must be notified to the Clerk to the Council who will enter the transfer in the Register of Grants maintained by the Council upon production of the Deed.

h. Notice for the interment of cremated remains must be accompanied by the Certificate issued by the Crematorium where the cremation took place.

i. This is to be recorded by The Clerk to Melbourn Parish Council / Burial Officer.

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