Crematorium set to be refurbished with environment in mind
Published Tuesday, 18th February 2020
Southend-on-Sea’s crematorium is set to be refurbished to ensure a high quality cremation service can continue for the next 25 years.
Cabinet will discuss the proposed plans on 25 February 2020. If approved, the refurbishment will include rebuilding the chimney which is in need of structural work; reconfiguring the front areas to include a viewing area to accommodate a range of faiths; and replacing ageing equipment with more environmentally friendly electric alternatives.
The crematorium was constructed in 1953, with some of the major equipment last replaced in 2000, and some in 2010. The layout of the building is in need of alteration and modernisation, and following structural surveys it has been recommended that works are carried out on the roof and the chimney stack is rebuilt.
Other recommended work includes:
- looking at the practicality of changing from gas to electric cremators
- replacing the three existing cremators and associated equipment
- reconfiguring the ‘back of house’ area to accommodate new equipment and allow better working
- resurfacing the car park
If approved, the project could cost up to £2.7m. This would be funded from the council’s capital budget.
Councillor Carole Mulroney, cabinet member for the environment and planning said: “These works would ensure we can continue to provide a high quality service to the people of Southend-on-Sea to help them through a very difficult time in their lives.
“Although the chapels are in good order, the equipment we use is in urgent need of replacement and we are very keen to explore more environmentally friendly options. If we weren’t to replace it, or carry out works on the chimney and structure of the building, we would be putting the future of the crematorium service at risk which is clearly not an option.
“Our population has grown enormously since the crematorium was constructed in the 1950s. The upgrade of our facilities will give our staff the behind-the-scenes space and layout they need, and it will give the public a better and more inclusive service, fitting for 2020 and beyond.”