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This responsibility also elates to the wider churchyard, including paths and all other areas, often including boundary walls. Closed churchyards will sometimes come under the remit of the PCC, even if the relevant local authority has taken over maintenance ultimate liability in law remains with the PCC.
There are some simple ways to make sure that risks are minimised:
If in doubt, consult your Archdeacon/DAC Secretary/church insurer. Being aware of health and safety need not be a chore and is usually common sense.
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