Widow’s dismay over double charge for burial in Ripley

Moyra Disney, whose husband Jim, formerly of Ripley, died aged 94.
Moyra Disney, whose husband Jim, formerly of Ripley, died aged 94.

A widow is in dispute with Amber Valley Borough Council over the charges incurred for burying her husband at Ripley Cemetery.

Moyra Disney’s husband Jim died in January 2015 and despite the couple living in Derby, their wish was for him to be buried in Ripley - the place of his birth.

Moyra, 93, went ahead and contacted AVBC but because Jim was classed as out of borough at the time of death his wife, Moyra had to pay twice as much for both burial and the placing of a headstone than a local resident would have to pay.

That meant Moyra paid £1,386 - twice the £693 it would have cost for Ripley residents.

Moyra told the Ripley and Heanor News: “Although we live away from the area, we’ve always had Ripley at heart.

“The council’s attitude is that we are just non-residents.

“I’m very unhappy about it and I think it’s very unfair.

“If it were not for Jim and his generation and the sacrifices they made none of us would enjoy the quality of life and freedom we hold today.

“It’s not just about the money, it’s the principle.”

Jim was born in Ripley in 1920 and went on to serve in the RAF.

After being demobbed Jim returned home to his old job at the Cooperative in Ripley and met wife-to-be Moyra, who was born in Marehay.

They married in 1946 and Jim later made a career change and joined Derbyshire Police, working in Pinxton before being based in North Derbyshire.

After retirement the couple moved to Derby to be near their son David, before Jim died aged 94 last year.

David said: “Throughout his life, Ripley was always the most important place to my father.”

Simon Gladwin, assistant director for landscape services at AVBC, said: “Amber Valley Borough Council’s cemetery fees are set at the current levels to seek to ensure that people who live within the borough are provided with an affordable burials service.

“If there was a standard rate for all burials, borough residents’ charges would have to be increased.

“Unfortunately it would be impractical and unfair to make exceptions where people have lived outside the Borough for many years.”