Poole council to reopen closed cemeteries to cope with demand for burial space (From Bournemouth Echo)
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Poole council to reopen closed cemeteries to cope with demand for burial space
AS Poole runs out of burial space measures have been taken to re-open closed cemeteries in the town.
Long held plans to build a new cemetery at the Moortown Aerodrome site in Magna Road were shelved after £250,000 in funding was withdrawn in 2010.
The 26 acre green belt site is jointly owned by Borough of Poole and Bournemouth Borough Council, however the cost and out-of-town position have ruled it out.
Instead Poole has re-opened cemeteries deemed full more than 20 years ago at Parkstone and Branksome.
Closed in the 1980s, they have grassy pathways and decorative areas which can be used for additional burial plots – providing three to five years worth of burial space.
Only around 50 people a year are buried in Poole, the vast majority are cremated.
Cllr Judy Butt, cabinet portfolio holder for public engagement and participation, Borough of Poole, said: “It is important that we accommodate the needs of those people wishing to be buried in Poole and we are considering a range of options to meet this need in the future.
“Poole doesn’t have a lot of undeveloped land available to build a new cemetery. We have considered the possibility of providing a cemetery at Canford Magna, however this is not a viable option in terms of cost and location. We are now developing alternative plans which will provide Poole with additional burial spaces for the future.
“Whilst Poole’s historic cemeteries are nearing capacity, we could free up more space by utilising roadways, footpaths and general landscaping areas within these cemeteries.
“We will not be burying over any existing graves as we do not feel this option is acceptable. We are also investigating the possibility of providing burial space adjacent to the existing crematorium at Gravel Hill.”
Councillors will be considering the options this autumn and consultation will be held with residents and relevant businesses.
Bournemouth has no grave shortage, with 10-15 years burial capacity remaining in its cemeteries.
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