RAF site to house new cemetery?

A NEW burial ground could be provided in the grounds of the former RAF camp in Locking, it has been suggested. Spaces in the graveyard at St Augustine's Church

A NEW burial ground could be provided in the grounds of the former RAF camp in Locking, it has been suggested.Spaces in the graveyard at St Augustine's Church in Locking is rapidly running out and the hunt for alternative sites is being stepped up.Church leaders, supported by the parish council, say new burial spaces could be made available near the old chapel on the former military base, now named Locking Parklands.The site is jointly owned by English Partnerships and the South West Regional Development Agency.Reverend Anne Lee, aged 41, who serves the Locking parish, said: "Since my arrival in December I have not been asked to carry out a burial. But this could change as we learn more about parishioners' wishes and we will have to tell people they cannot be buried at the church."Churchwarden Tony Coles, aged 69, of Old Banwell Road, said: "We have already had circumstances where loved ones have to be buried outside the parish, which causes distress to families."SWRDA development manager, Katharine West, said: "The next stage of the masterplan is to do more work on testing the practicalities of the initial plan drawn up with the community before we commit to uses for any one part of the site."We are, however, open to ideas and are taking on board all of the community's views which are being considered as part of the consultation and testing process.


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