Pleasington Cemetery set to double in size

BIG PLANS Pleasington cemetery

BIG PLANS Pleasington cemetery

First published in News Blackburn Citizen: Photograph of the Author by , Local government reporter

WORK on a £1million project to more than double the size of Pleasington Cemetery in Blackburn will start this winter.

The scheme, expected to take 12 months to complete, now needs the final planning conditions to be completed before contractors move in.

The cemetery off Tower Road is expected to be full within three years, and more space is needed for both Church of England and Muslim burials before the borough runs out of plots.

The start date was announced to Blackburn with Darwen Council Forum by environmental executive member Faryad Hussain.

Around 500 burials a year take place in two of the borough’s five cemeteries – 400 of them at Pleasington – which has 9,000 graves.

Blackburn with Darwen Council are now set to extend the site into four hectares of land at nearby Lower Fold, to provide up to 12,000 plots providing space for burials for between 15 and 30 years.

Seven potential sites were looked at, but the grazing land at Lower Fold was chosen as the most suitable because of the groundwater conditions and also because it is owned by the council.

Other options involved affecting nearby woodlands or private property.

After consultation with nearby residents living nearby were consulted an outline planning application is submitted and approved earlier this year.

The final detailed processes are now being completed.

Coun Hussain said of the 1million scheme: “The cemetery will run out of space in the next few years and extending Pleasington Cemetery using council-owned land, rather than build a new one elsewhere, is most cost-effective option.”

A council spokesperson said no graves would be disturbed by the work which was on a new piece of land.

The borough’s other burial site is Darwen Eastern Cemetery where there is still have capacity for a few years, though the council say this could also be extended if needed.

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4:06pm Tue 3 Jul 12

dougsie says...

it wont be long before they take over the football and cricket pitches and then carry on into witton park
it wont be long before they take over the football and cricket pitches and then carry on into witton park dougsie
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4:29pm Tue 3 Jul 12

Skookie says...

Loss of more green open fields, its obvious cremation is the answer if there is a shortage of space.
Loss of more green open fields, its obvious cremation is the answer if there is a shortage of space. Skookie
  • Score: 1

5:37pm Tue 3 Jul 12

sen c ble says...

Skookie wrote:
Loss of more green open fields, its obvious cremation is the answer if there is a shortage of space.
Shortage of space available, doesn't neccessarily mean shortage of space, and cremation is not the answer.
To pile one on one as other countries do is the, 'sen c ble' approach.
[quote][p][bold]Skookie[/bold] wrote: Loss of more green open fields, its obvious cremation is the answer if there is a shortage of space.[/p][/quote]Shortage of space available, doesn't neccessarily mean shortage of space, and cremation is not the answer. To pile one on one as other countries do is the, 'sen c ble' approach. sen c ble
  • Score: 1

6:50pm Tue 3 Jul 12

bossindian says...

Why dont they dig 12 feet down and double up?
Why dont they dig 12 feet down and double up? bossindian
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7:26pm Tue 3 Jul 12

Henry Bolingbroke says...

sen c ble wrote:
Skookie wrote:
Loss of more green open fields, its obvious cremation is the answer if there is a shortage of space.
Shortage of space available, doesn't neccessarily mean shortage of space, and cremation is not the answer.
To pile one on one as other countries do is the, 'sen c ble' approach.
What you suggest is already done in some, if not most cases.
.
When purchasing a plot, the 'customer' specifies whether it is to be a single or multi-occupancy grave and many of them are the former.
[quote][p][bold]sen c ble[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Skookie[/bold] wrote: Loss of more green open fields, its obvious cremation is the answer if there is a shortage of space.[/p][/quote]Shortage of space available, doesn't neccessarily mean shortage of space, and cremation is not the answer. To pile one on one as other countries do is the, 'sen c ble' approach.[/p][/quote]What you suggest is already done in some, if not most cases. . When purchasing a plot, the 'customer' specifies whether it is to be a single or multi-occupancy grave and many of them are the former. Henry Bolingbroke
  • Score: 0

7:44pm Tue 3 Jul 12

Mothernature says...

Does the reporter of this story know anything about the english language? Appalling.
Does the reporter of this story know anything about the english language? Appalling. Mothernature
  • Score: -1

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