A new cemetery friends’ group has been given two waste skips to help beat the blight of fly-tipping.
Friends of Scholemoor Cemetery, who had their first official meeting last night, are hoping the skips will be a solution to one of the biggest concerns at the cemetery – litter.
And they are hoping other businesses in the area will now follow the gesture of Bradford Skip Hire and also offer help to make the area safer and tidier.
Bins at the cemetery are often overflowing and rubbish is left lying around, while vandalism has also been a problem.
Hours ahead of the formation of the group, Fairweather Green firefighters were called to the cemetery in Necropolis Road when a portable toilet was burned down, leaving just a pool of hot plastic.
Zaheer Nazir, who runs the skip hire business, and is a member of the Friends’ group, said he wanted to get involved with the Friends group because his father and other family were buried there.
“If we can give something back to the community and help, then others can follow,” he said.
Great Horton ward officer Mohammed Taj said help from CCTV and landscaping firms would be very welcome: “The idea is that the community, the Council and the Council for Mosques all work together in partnership to come up with solutions to any problems – getting the skips are a good example of how a business has come forward to come up with one solution. We hope others get in touch.”
The skips are being used for general waste from graves and also by payback to the community teams being supervised by the Probation Service, who clear land.
Councillor Joanne Dodds (Lab, Great Horton) said: “It’s not all about problems and solutions for them, there are also lots of positive projects we and the Friends can work on. People have been suggesting more lighting for some areas and benches.
“We want to work with the Friends to improve the environment of the cemetery and make it that bit more pleasant for come to and pay their respects.”
Zulfi Karim, of Bradford Council for Mosques, said his organsiation was also committed to the Friends’ work: “We are committed to the upkeep of Scholemoor Cemetery and are working closely with Bradford Council in improving facilities.”
Any businesses interested in helping the Friends should e-mail mohammed.taj@ bradford.gov.uk