Residents in Ross-on-Wye have shared their anger after tape was placed around gravestones that the town council deemed to have failed the ‘topple test’ that takes place every five years.

Many residents have commented on the Ross Noticeboard topic in anger stating that relatives should have been contacted prior to the tape being placed around the gravestones, with a number claiming that the action taken is ‘disrespectful’ and ‘upsetting’ for family members.

Cllr Daniel Lister responded to residents by saying:

“I believe the amenities team and office have been carrying out head stone testing, what may be better known as a topple test over the last day or two.

“Health and safety legislation means that every council in the country has to do a topple test every five years, by law. If any further action is needed from a test the families are informed, I’ll call the office tommorw tommorw and ensure families have been contacted and I will ask for more details about the process. I apologise for any upset and distress caused.”