Angry residents in a Dumfries street are calling on councillors to reject controversial plans for a new cemetery next week.
Householder Fiona Gibson is adamant there are better places for the new burial ground than the two-hectare site on Castle Douglas Road.
The proposed cemetery will back on to homes and be next to the Dumfries and Galloway Golf Club course.
Mrs Gibson, 46, said: “We’ve hired a planning consultant who will speak to councillors next week at the meeting. It will be daunting but we need to put our side of the story forward.
“We have three minutes (at the meeting) which will decide the fate of our house.
Looking at the plans the nearest headstone will be seven metres from our hedge in the back garden.”
Members of the planning applications committee, which meets on Wednesday, are being recommended to approve the proposal for a cemetery on land opposite Garden Wise.
Access issues, traffic, noise from Mrs Gibson’s husband Allan’s fencing company and the potential for mourners to be hit by stray golf balls have all been highlighted by those who oppose the cemetery.
Mrs Gibson said: “I’ve been accused of nimbyism but this isn’t just about us and our house.
“This is everyone in the street. I’ve got 40 names of people who object to this, Alister Jack MP and Emma Harper MSP have helped me too but if the council overrule that then I’m not sure what else can be done.
“The council aren’t proposing any changes to the road either. It’s a rat run at the best of times so adding funeral traffic is going to make that road even more dangerous.”
Councillors will be told the authority needs to plan ahead to deal with a potential lack of burial sites in the area.
According to the committee report, there is currently sufficient space in four Dumfries cemeteries for approximately 15 years.
Plots of land in Cargenbridge and the former Maxwelltown High School were also shortlisted as potential spaces for new burial grounds.
But the Castle Douglas Road site is the preferred option.
If the plans are approved, the council hopes to have the cemetery in use by late 2022.
The site is situated next to the seventh hole at the golf course but council officials say a five metre fence for “flyaway ball protection” would prevent any problems.
Officials also say noise from the fencing workshop is “considered acceptable”.
The potential for antisocial behaviour with groups meeting in the car park at night was also highlighted by objectors. However, the council report states there is scope for gates to be installed.
Case officer Lindsey Cameron will tell members: “Taking all of the relevant planning considerations into account, the principle of the development is acceptable and, subject to the appropriate conditions, there would be no issues with regard to drainage or pollution, land use conflict, visual impact, or roads interests.
“The proposal would provide an essential facility to meet the needs of the population over the coming decades.”