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Major investment proposed for local cemetery and crematorium

Published Thursday, 14th January 2016

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Over £500,000 could be invested in the Sutton Road cemetery and crematorium, if draft budget proposals for 2016/17 are approved at the end of February.

The council unveiled its draft budget earlier this week (Monday 11th January) which included proposals for additions to its ambitious capital programme.

A £370,000 scheme is set to be completed in 2016/17 to replace the aged Pergola Walk with a new modern memorial scheme offering 312 above ground internment units and over 2,800 memorials within the supporting structure. A further £90,000 will be spent installing 197 mini graves, complete with vase blocks and metal flower holders to hold two internments of cremated remains. Works costing £70,000 to link the cemetery lodge and crematorium into the main sewer system are also proposed, which will save £15,000 per year.

Cllr Ron Woodley, Leader of the Council, says: “These projects will improve the cemetery and crematorium grounds, providing a new and improved memorial scheme for people’s loved ones, and new cremated remain plots which will vastly improve the service that we can offer and extend the life of the available space that we have available which is of course at a premium.

“In addition these proposals will also generate income or savings to the council which is vital when you consider it is expected that we will need to be self-sufficient by 2020 as we expect our central Government grant to disappear.”

The Council will consider all the budget proposals at the following meetings:

19th January                                       Budget Cabinet meeting
25th to 28th January                            Scrutiny Committees debate budget proposals
11th February                                      Second budget Cabinet meeting
25th February                                      Full Council meeting (to set budget and council tax)