Concern over crematorium extension plans

PUBLISHED: 10:00 23 January 2015

Under construction concept. 3d illustration

Under construction concept. 3d illustration

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CONCERNS over 'flawed' access have slowed down the progress of Weston Crematorium's extension, as the plans have been put on hold for a month.

Hopes to use a farming field to extend the Ebdon Road crematorium and cemetery have hit a delay as North Somerset Council has deferred the decision n whether to approve the idea.

It is estimated the current crematorium space will run out in two to three years, so it is hoped a nearby agricultural field will be changed into a cemetery and memorial garden with 75 parking spaces.

A number of objections have been logged on the council’s planning portal, with some concerns raised over construction traffic. About 2,420 lorry movements are predicted in Lyefield Road over the 28-week construction period.

Richard and Mary Gorton, who live in Lyefield Road, logged an objection on the North Somerset planning portal and said: “We object to the above proposal on the grounds the application is ill thought out, flawed and the traffic management plan simply unworkable. The proposal uses Lyefield Road as an extension to the haul road with no concern for the health and safety of pedestrians, cyclists, and equestrians.

“It is impossible for a car and a large lorry or tractor to pass let alone a 20-tonne lorry, particularly when the hedgerow is allowed to grow out over the road.”

In order for the site to be used for burials the land must be raised to fit in with the Environment Agency’s specifications.

Soil will be brought in so the burials do not breach the minimum depth of burial plots, to reduce the risk of contaminating groundwater.

About 2,500 cubic metres of soil will be dropped at the site, and at least two trees will need to be removed to allow temporary access to construction traffic.

Despite North Somerset officers suggesting the temporary construction traffic would not be an issue, councillors voted to defer the matter for a month until alternative routes could be looked into.

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