Fence erected to stop cut corners

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REPORT & PHOTO: NICK BROOK

A new barrier rail around Kaitangata Pioneer Cemetery will restrict the historic reserve to foot traffic only.

Until recently, the drivers of some motor vehicles were seen using the smooth grass area to cut the corners around Torquay, Salcomb and Exmouth Sts.

The cemetery was officially designated from 1870 to 1930, though among the scores laid to rest are deaths recorded from 1858 to 1963, including victims of the 1879 coal mine disaster.

In 1970 the council had the cemetery ground cleared, and assembled only the most intact headstones together into the collection on the upper slope.

Kaitangata Promotions spokeswoman Joyce Beck thanked the Clutha District Council for building the fence, which had been completed in time for summer.

She said respectful community use was encouraged at the cemetery, but the entirety of the small, now contained, park was still considered a burial ground.