Cemetery future for village park?

A GEOLOGICAL survey looks likely to be carried out on part of a Wraxall park - to see if it is suitable to use as a new burial ground

A GEOLOGICAL survey looks likely to be carried out on part of a Wraxall park - to see if it is suitable to use as a new burial ground.Nailsea Town Council has asked North Somerset Council's director of development, David Turner, to authorise a specialist survey on the land at the rear of The Elms - which is currently used as a park - to see if it could be used for a new cemetery.The move follows years of fruitless searching by the town council to find a new burial site for Nailsea.Space in the town is now at a premium with many of the churchyards full up, leaving only the garden of rest for cremated remains.The land at the rear of The Elms, which is next to a children's play area, is currently owned by North Somerset Council.Nailsea Town Council clerk Ian Morrell said: "This piece of land does fit a number of the requirements needed for a burial ground."It is accessible, near a bus route and is in the right environment for such a facility."But it is the fact that the land is owned by North Somerset Council which is a major factor of its suitability."However, whether this land is right for such a purpose will ultimately be decided by a geological survey."We have now asked North Somerset Council to carry out this survey as we need to know whether a burial ground there is viable before we talk to other parties such as Wraxall parish council and local residents to get their views."There is no point moving any project forward until we know whether the land is suitable."The town council has already considered alternative sites including ones at Engine Lane and Whitesfield Road, both of which have proved unsuitable.Councillors were also looking at another site at the junction of Bucklands Batch and Trendlewood Way, which is owned by charity Brunelcare.But after lengthy negotiations between the council and the charity, the possibility of using the land has been ruled out on financial grounds.

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