Owning a full grave/plot and Ashes Plots (AP0001 to AP0297)
When a grave is “purchased” this refers to the purchasing of the exclusive right of burial in a grave space and not the purchase of the land itself as this remains the property of Fleet Town Council. The charges are split between the "Exclusive Rights of Burial" fee and the interment fee.
The Exclusive Rights of burial in Fleet Cemetery gives the owner the right to bury anyone in that plot for the next 99 years provided there is room (some cemeteries are shorter). This part of the charge also covers the owner’s contribution to the grounds maintenance of the cemetery for the 99 years. After this time the grave space reverts back to the council, although it can be extended, for a charge, if the family wishes.
The interment fee is an administration charge incurred each time the plot is opened and covers the updating of the burial records, software and licences, clerks time etc.
On purchase of the Grant of Exclusive Rights of Burial, a document is issued to the owner. This document should be kept safe with a person’s will.
Exclusive rights of burial must be transferred to other persons legally.
The exclusive rights are not automatically transferred to the next of kin or another person on the death of the owner and there is a legal process the council needs to follow to make any transfer – there is an administration charge for this, sometimes complicated process. Please see separate leaflet or contact the cemetery clerk for more information.
Ownership is the families’ responsibility and it is necessary to transfer the rights to a living person as soon as possible following the death of the owner, so that any future burials (if applicable) can take place and a memorial or added inscription can be placed on the grave.
Legislation states that it is illegal for a burial authority to permit a burial, including a burial of cremated remains or to place cremated remains upon the surface of a grave, (subject to an existing exclusive right of burial,) without first obtaining permission from the owner or owners (who must sign to agree) of the right. The only exception to this is where the owner of the right is being buried. Any owner of the burial rights has the automatic right to be interred in the plot provided there is space.
Full burial plots can hold up to 3 full burials and/or several sets of ashes. Ashes plots can hold 2 sets of ashes in their caskets.
The memorial permit fee gives permission for the owner to erect a memorial on the plot. Only the owner is allowed to do this (and must sign to agree) and the permit is to ensure all memorials conform to regulations at that time.
If the owner is deceased, then a transfer of ownership must take place, and permission given, before a permit can be issued to place a memorial, add an inscription, clean or renovate a memorial, on the grave.
As in other council cemeteries, Non-residents have to pay double the fees. This is because our costs like the ground’s maintenance, cemetery improvements, emptying of bins, water, burial record software charges etc are all subsidised by Fleet Town Council for residents from when they pay their Council Tax.
Part of the cemetery has a lawn style layout – plots 2058 to 2322 (area in purple on map). This means that only headstones are allowed and the grass around them is kept mown by Fleet Town Council grounds maintenance team. Graves should be levelled by the funeral directors’ grave digger within 12 months.
Conditions of Acceptance - Lawn Burial Area
Memorials are restricted to headstone/books etc that can be accommodated on the memorial support section for the plot and the height including the base must not exceed .75 meters (2 ft 6 inches).
If flower vases are to be provided in the memorial base plate the plate must be sufficient depth to fully accommodate the vessel.
With the exception of the occasion of Burial Service, no flowers, plants or other items are permitted to be placed on or in the ground of the burial plot. The family must sign to acknowledge that if this condition is not complied with then such items may be removed.
Only headstones are allowed in the Lawn Cemetery burial area - plots 2058 to 2322 inclusive. No kerbsets are allowed in this area
All memorials on graves and old-style ashes plots (AP0001 to AP0297) are subject to the approval of the Council and remain the sole responsibility of the owner(s). They must be installed or re-fixed in accordance with the current BRAAM specifications in accordance with BS8415. All stonemasons working in the cemetery must provide the cemetery officer evidence of registration with BRAAM or NAAM.
The number of the Plot must be placed on the memorial and the construction and fixing must meet the current recommended Code of Working Practice of NAMM or BRAAM to BS8415.
All materials of every description on graves must be kept in reasonable repair and in good order at the expense of the owner(s).
Fleet Town Council are required by law to carry out safety inspections on memorials every 5 years, to ensure that they are in a good and stable condition. The Council reserves the right to make safe any memorial (this is usually by laying it down) which, in the opinion of the Cemetery Officer, represents an immediate danger to the public without further reference to the owner(s) of the Memorial in order to protect the safety of visitors to the cemetery.
For any changes to any memorial including renovation and cleaning, you must first obtain a permit. Please see application form on our website or call at the office for how to do this
Sanctum Memorial Vaults
Sanctum 2000 memorial vaults can be leased and offer a resting place for the cremated remains of 2 people which must be in a non-biodegradable container. These memorials can be leased for 25 or 50 years after which time, the lease can be extended, or the ashes must be removed. If we are unable to contact the family at the end of the lease, we will inter the ashes in our dedicated area.
Each polished granite vault has a black granite tablet, engraved inscription in gold, together with a choice of photo or artwork, plus a vase for your flowers. A flower vase is provided for the placement of cut flowers. No other items/flowers may be placed on or around the sanctum.
In addition to the inscription, you can choose to have the tablet on your memorial vault enhanced with a beautiful hand-crafted design of your own choice.
A full range of designs are available. From floral tributes and wildlife through to sports and hobbies, and Photo Plaques enable you to create a personal legacy when you add ceramic portraits to your memorial tribute.
A state-of-the-art process ensures that the ceramic cameos retain their beauty indefinitely
The inscribed tablet will remain the property of the family however the Sanctum Vault is the property of Fleet Town Council.
Rose bushes in Garden of Remembrance
You can lease a rose bush or standard rose in our Garden of Remembrance for 7 years as a memorial to your loved one. Cremated remains can be interred in our dedicated area.
Your rose will come with a standard plaque with an inscription showing the name of your loved one and date of death.
We would respectfully ask that you not place additional items, vases, etc. with the roses, as this can interfere with growth and maintenance of the rose bed.
If you would like to be able to place additional items, please contact the cemetery clerk to discuss alternative memorials.
Kerb blocks in Garden of Remembrance
Kerbset block memorials, which are located around the Garden of Remembrance main pathways, are leased for either 10 or 25 years.
The ashes can be either buried or scattered in our dedicated area. On completion of the term of the lease, the owner will have the option to exetend. The inscription tablet will remain the property of the family but will be removed on completion of the lease and stored if the family cannot be contacted.
The memorial has a small vase for a posy of flowers.
Fleet Town Council is responsible for the general maintenance within the cemetery however the owner of the exclusive rights is responsible for the maintenance of the memorial on the plot and to keep the plot tidy, ensuring that flowers or ornaments do not interfere with any other grave space.