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Councils in East Lancs work to ensure room in cemeteries
9:00am Saturday 28th September 2013 in News
TWO councils in East Lancashire are set to run out of space for burials within the next ten years - but others have spaces free for up to 200 years, it has been revealed.
The details were released after a national survey found that on average most councils had less than 20 years of space left in their cemeteries.
Cemetery experts across the country warned of a looming ‘crisis’ and a call has been made for a change in law to allow graves that are more than 75-years-old to be reused.
Blackburn with Darwen Council said its cemetery in Darwen is set to run out of space in the next five years, and it was currently looking for an area within the town for an extension.
Burnley Council said it would run out of room in its cemetery in Rossendale Road by 2023 and was aiming to extend the site, but had no formal plans in place at the moment.
Out of Pendle Council’s six sites, Colne has the lowest amount of available space, with only ten years left.
Ribble Valley Borough Council, which has recently extended its cemetery in Clitheroe, together with Rossendale Council said they had space for another 200 years across their four sites.
Hyndburn Borough Council has space at its Dill Hill cemetery in Church for another 25 years with Accrington Cemetery not due to fill up for 50 years, and its site in Great Harwood will not be filled for another century.
Blackburn with Darwen Council’s Pleasington cemetery in Blackburn is due to last for the next 15 years.
Simon Goff, Burnley Council’s head of green spaces and amenities, said: “We are working on extending Burnley Cemetery and the adjoining land will be able to provide burial spaces for a further 75 to 100 years.
“We have acquired the land, carried out the necessary site investigations and the plans have been drawn up.”
Hyndburn Councillor Peter Britcliffe said: “It’s positive that Hyndburn Borough Council has enough space for the foreseeable future and it will reassure people in the area.
“It would not be a comfortable situation for residents if the space was close to being filled and there were no plans in place to create more space.”
Rev Andy Froud, from St Mary Magdalene’s church in Clitheroe, said: “It’s something that everyone has to think about and it’s good that the borough council has made provision for the future.
“It’s good that there are enough spaces because it’s important for people to have a place to say goodbye to their loved ones.”
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