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Published Thursday, 24 January 2019
BUILDING WORK on a crematorium on the A47 outside Hinckley is due begin later this year after planning consent was granted by the council’s planning committee (22 January).
Construction work should begin on the council-owned site off the A47 Leicester Road between Hinckley and Earl Shilton by the end of the year with the crematorium up and running within two years.
Last year the council consulted the public on the design and facilities for the council-run facility before the final plans were submitted.
As well as consulting with those living around the site, members of the local community and representatives of parish councils the council spoke to funeral directors to ensure the building works effectively and provides a quality service for residents.
Malcolm Evans, Estates and Assets Manager, who is managing the project for the Borough Council, said:
I am pleased to be a part of this exciting project and look forward to seeing it develop in the coming months. The project will deliver a modern, fit-for-purpose crematorium facility that meets the growing need for the population of Hinckley and Bosworth and surrounding areas.
With the nearest available crematorium currently located in Nuneaton, the proposed crematorium development will provide an alternative affordable cremation facility with reduced waiting times for services and reduced travelling times for Hinckley and Bosworth residents.
The facility will complement the council’s cemetery services, create jobs and enhance the appearance of the site, and will fit well with the burial services provided as a Borough Council.
The cost of the project – around £4.6million – is being paid for out of the council’s capital budget, money which can only be spent on large projects, not for providing day to day services.
Council Leader Mike Hall said:
Getting planning permission for our plan is an important step for us to provide a crematorium service for our community. I hope we shall soon be starting the development and look forward to the facility opening as soon as possible.
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