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Plaques for lease
In the new extensions at Ayr and Troon cemeteries there have been some new benches installed, and we are able to offer plaques for lease with which to commemorate your loved ones. If you are interested you can contact 01292 282387 or email@example.com for details.
Headstone safety inspections: Carrick area
The Council’s headstone/memorial safety team will be carrying out a series of gravestone/headstone memorial safety inspections in all local cemeteries and churchyards in the Carrick area from September 2015.
The purpose of the inspections is to ensure a safe, dignified and peaceful environment is maintained at all times. The inspections, which will be carried out in a sensitive and respectful way, will help identify any unsafe headstones, which could become a hazard to visitors.
Unstable headstones will be made safe by the Council and the owners contacted to advise
that a repair is required in line with industry standards.
For further information or advice, please call 01292 282387 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are responsible for the smooth running of 47 cemeteries and churchyards. Some of these are closed, for example, the old churchyard at Kirkoswald, famous for its links with Rabbie Burns. Others are seldom
used and often in remote locations. In most of the remaining 19 operational cemeteries,
burial lairs are available for purchase.
We are able to advise on all aspects of
burial and memorialisation and maintain close links with funeral directors, the
clergy and memorial masons in order to provide the best possible service.
We offer a range of services including full family lairs, cremated remains plots,
baby graves and communal areas for stillborn babies. To discuss any of these options
in more detail, please contact the relevant Cemetery Office, where experienced staff will be
on hand, to advise.
Please view our Management Rules for more detailed
information on Cemetery management.
South Ayrshire Council is a member of the
Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management. Here are our guiding
The Council are also members of the Federation of Burial and Cremation Authorities and we strictly follow their Code of Practice.
It is always in your best interest to make a will and let your family and friends
know your wishes.
Pre-purchasing of lairs within South Ayrshire Cemeteries
The pre-selling of lairs in all South Ayrshire Cemeteries have been withdrawn. New lairs will still be available for families requiring immediate use.