Work to extend Worle cemetery set to begin despite concerns over 'dangerous' access road
PUBLISHED: 12:00 26 February 2018
Preparation work to extend a Worle cemetery will start this week, two years after planning permission was granted.
Dignity, which runs the Ebdon Road cemetery on behalf of North Somerset Council, received permission to extend the site by five acres in December 2015.
The crematorium is expected to run out of spaces if it is not extended by adding plots on a neighbouring field.
However, residents fought the application because they opposed the use of Lyefield Road as a route for construction traffic, and the decision was delayed twice so different access roads could be explored. It is predicted Lyefield Road could be used for 70 lorry movements each day.
Preparation work will start in Lyefield Road on Wednesday to create a temporary works access to the site.
Steve Grant, crematoria director at Dignity, said: “We have been working closely with the council’s ecologist and all work will follow their advice to ensure it is carried out in accordance with best ecological practice.”
When the application was submitted, residents said they feared Lyefield Road would be damaged because of the high volume of lorries using it.
One objection, from Ron and Barbara Cann, who live in Lyefield Road, said: “The proposed access for works traffic is in one of the narrowest and most dangerous parts of Lyefield Road, directly opposite a well used footpath entrance.”
A hedge was reduced in size this week to prevent birds nesting in it, and it will be removed in the spring to create the temporary entrance.
Mr Grant said: “Dignity has spent more than £2million improving the crematorium but, as with many areas of the country, there is the prospect of running out of burial space in North Somerset.
“By investing a further £2.5million to extend the cemetery we will be providing burial space for decades to come.
“Extending the cemetery is beneficial to residents as it will provide a single location where bereaved families can visit and remember different generations of their family.
“It makes good use of existing facilities and we will also be developing a new car park and area where ashes can be scattered.”
Work is expected to be finished by the autumn.