Work to fix cemetery flooding

St Patrick's Cemetery in New Stevenston
St Patrick's Cemetery in New Stevenston

Work will start this month to address flooding issues at St Patrick’s Cemetery in New Stevenston.

North Lanarkshire Council has been working for some years to resolve the flooding and this has delivered some improvements.

However, there is still a problem during sustained or very heavy rainfall, particularly during the winter months.

The work to be carried out now will improve drainage in one area of the cemetery, to prevent standing water blocking access to paths and graves.

Motherwell North councillor Helen McKenna, convener of the Environmental Services Committee, said: “We have been working to identify effective solutions to the flooding and, following technical assessments of the ground, we will be installing a drainage solution, along with surfacing of four lengths of pathway in the south western part of the cemetery.

“We hope this will allow water to flow more quickly away on to surrounding land, which will improve the ground conditions for the families who visit the cemetery.

“If this work proves successful, we will consider how best to apply this to other areas of St Patrick’s.”

The council is continuing to investigate other solutions to the flooding issue at St Patrick’s Cemetery.