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  • Cemetery Consultation

Time is running out to have a say on a consultation over possible locations for a new cemetery in Loughborough.

Charnwood Borough Council is seeking views by September 23, 2018 on proposed sites for new burial ground as the current cemetery in Leicester Road is expected to be full within four years.

The Council has investigated a number of sites but has identified three viable options which could provide future burial space.

They are land at Allendale Road, land at Nanpantan and part of Shelthorpe Golf Course, although the Council says nine holes would be retained as part of an improved facility.

So far, more than 600 responses have been received as part of the consultation.

Matt Bradford, head of cleansing and open spaces at the Council, said: “We have identified three possible locations for a new cemetery and we want people’s views on them.

“There is information about each option on the Council website and I would encourage people to have a look and then have a say using the online survey, which is also accessible via our website.”

More information on the three sites is on the Council‘s website but brief descriptions are below:

  • Allendale Road has room for a 1.4-hectare cemetery which would last around 42 years and would also incorporate some recreation area. The cost of creating a one-hectare cemetery here is estimated to be around £400,000.
  • Shelthorpe Golf Course could be used for a 3.6-hectare cemetery lasting 109 years. It would mean losing half the 18-holes at the course and a new access road would need to be created. The cost of creating a one-hectare cemetery here is around £550,000. The Council would also want to invest another £100,000 creating an improved nine-hole facility.
  • Finally, a 9.1-hectare cemetery could be created on land at Nanpantan, off Watermead Lane, to the rear of Nanpantan sports ground. There would be enough burial space here for 285 years and the cost of creating a one-hectare cemetery here is around £610,000.

All three sites are owned by the Council. Other options were considered and have been discounted for a number of reasons including cost, location or other factors.

As part of the consultation, the Council held a drop-in session at Loughborough Town Hall on September 3 when a number of people visited to talk to officers about the issue. There is also a display in the Council’s office in Southfield Road.

After the consultation, officers will prepare a report for Cabinet in the Autumn looking at a number of factors including what the community says. Cabinet members will then select a preferred option for officers to work into a more detailed plan.

Other cemetery information:

  • on average there is just over one burial a week in Loughborough (60 a year)
  • around 39,800 people have been buried at Loughborough Cemetery since 1857
  • one hectare of land has room for around 1,818 burials
  • there is room for cremation plots at the current Leicester Road cemetery

The consultation runs until September 23 and people can have a say and find out more at www.charnwood.gov.uk/cemetery_consultation