Leicester City Council

Labour's Peter Soulsby was elected mayor after winning 61% of first preference votes. More on that election

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Man finds parents' ashes at garden removed decades ago

Amy Orton

Local Democracy Reporter

A man who visited a remembrance garden for more than 40 years thinking his parents' ashes were there has discovered the soil and plants were replaced more than three decades ago.

The man told the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman (LGO) he visited the remembrance garden, in a Leicester City Council cemetery, annually.

In 2018, the man – named in an LGO report as Mr X – discovered the soil and plants were removed from the plot in 1986. His parents' ashes had been scattered there in 1976.

When he complained to the city council, he was told "the scattering of ashes over time reduces the capacity of the soil to support plants" so it had to be replaced.

Leicester City Council's City Hall
BBC

The LGO's investigator said: "The council would not have been able to notify all relatives of its change of plants and soil in the gardens as many parties would be involved."

The report concluded: "There is no requirement for a local authority to preserve scattered ashes on a site forever."

A council spokesman said: "Depending on the location, scattered ashes are likely to completely break down within a few months. Ashes scattered on memorial gardens would also be exposed to normal horticultural practices such as digging and weeding which would further accelerate this breakdown of the ashes."

Labour hold Leicester City Council

Nick Smith

BBC News Online

Labour have held control of Leicester City Council.

28 was the magic number they needed to reach.

Thank you to BBC Radio Leicester's politics reporter, Tim Parker, for keeping us updated while he tucks into his lunch...

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Also, Leicester's Lord Mayor and only Conservative, Ross Grant, has lost his seat in Knighton ward.

Leicester: Results start with Labour hold

Tim Parker

BBC Radio Leicester reporter

The first results from the Leicester count are in.

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Leicester: Labour MPs show support at count

Tim Parker

BBC Radio Leicester reporter

The count has started in Leicester with city council and mayoral ballots being added up.

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I’ve already seen MPs Keith Vaz and Liz Kendall, the current mayor and many many candidates including some old guard from 2015.

I’m told counting is ahead of schedule and the first ward declaration will be sooner than the 14:00 estimate

Leicester election count begins

Nick Smith

BBC News Online

The boxes are being opened and the count in Leicester is under way...

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Vote counting to commence in Leicester

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

The counting of votes for Leicester City councillors and Leicester Mayor is about to get under way.

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