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Burial Ground

Requested on
Wed 2nd March, 2011
Reference
FOI 1219
Resolution
Information provided

Question

Referring to cemeteries and burial sites for which the council has responsibility:
· How much space is currently in use in the council area for burial? Do you have this information in terms of number of cemeteries, number of graves/plots and total area?

· How much burial space is left in the council area? i.e.; how many burial plots or how much cemetery space remains in the council area that is unused and available for new burials?

· Does the council have in place – or is the council consulting upon - a scheme to re-use old graves/plots/lairs to bury the newly deceased, and what are the details of this scheme?

· What was the council’s spend for 2009/2010 on the maintenance/management of burial facilities?

· Does the council have in place – or is the council consulting upon – a scheme to purchase/allocate more land for burial sites?

· Is there currently land in the council area that was purchased/designated as burial space by the council, but is currently being used for other purposes? Where is this land and what is it currently being used for?

· Does the council keep figures on the number of burials vs. cremations in 2009/2010? What are the these figures?

Answer

Q.·How much space is currently in use in the council area for burial? Do you have this information in terms of number of cemeteries, number of graves/plots and total area?
A. Charnwood Borough Council is responsible for one Cemetery at Leicester Road Loughborough, estimated 24,250 existing burial plots estimated 4.9 Hectares in use.

Q. How much burial space is left in the council area? i.e.; how many burial plots or how much cemetery space remains in the council area that is unused and available for new burials?
A. This is not a simple question and depends upon decisions made by Deed holders of existing burial plots, in that individual Deed holders decide if a vacant space is actual used e.g. for a second interment. There is an estimated 20 years burial space, estimated 860 new graves and estimated 600 potential second interments, estimated 0.45 Hectares unused land.

Q. Does the council have in place – or is the council consulting upon - a scheme to re-use old graves/plots/lairs to bury the newly deceased, and what are the details of this scheme?
A. No. The council is entitled to reuse existing burial plots for which there is no Deed holder.

Q. What was the council’s spend for 2009/2010 on the maintenance/management of burial facilities?
A. £99,748

Q. Does the council have in place – or is the council consulting upon – a scheme to purchase/allocate more land for burial sites?
A. No

·Q. Is there currently land in the council area that was purchased/designated as burial space by the council, but is currently being used for other purposes? Where is this land and what is it currently being used for?
A. No

Q. Does the council keep figures on the number of burials vs. cremations in 2009/2010? What are the these figures?
A. No. There were 67 burials in 2009/2010. The number of cremations is unknown.

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