Published on Wednesday, 3rd August 2016
The focus of a recent meeting between representatives of the Council and the Local Guild of Funeral Directors part of the National Association of Funeral Directors was on the provision of burial land in Nuneaton. The following joint statement has been issued:
‘At the present time there is no immediate shortage of burial ground within the Borough and it’s anticipated that there is some 60 years supply within Bedworth. The Council’s recent decision to extend Oaston Road Cemetery was welcomed as a means of alleviating the short term shortage in Nuneaton whilst attempts are made to find additional land to accommodate a new cemetery.
In the longer-term, the Council and the Guild are committed to developing a closer working relationship with the interest of the local communities at heart.
Going forward, partnership working is paramount; like all local authorities, the Council is facing unprecedented budget reductions over the next few years and will be relying on a partnership to secure the best results for local people. There is no statutory duty for the Council to provide cemeteries, however this is obviously is a matter of great importance to the varying faiths within our community who prefer burial rather than Cremation.
Future options for burial ground might include the use of land that’s currently in private ownership. In the past, land has been generously donated by benevolent local benefactors and, of course, we’ll be looking with interest at any suggestions put forward from local landowners who may be able to assist us in some way.
The identification and development of a suitable site to establish a new Cemetery is a lengthy process. But the Council and the local Funeral Directors are committed to working together to secure the best outcome for the communities they serve.’
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