Burials to be banned at new cemetery due to large cost to taxpayer

Burial plots may become a thing of the past in Yatton in future.

Burial plots may become a thing of the past in Yatton in future. - Credit: Archant

Burials will not be allowed at a new cemetery because they would cost taxpayers too much money.

Yatton Parish Council has for years been working on a scheme to open up more land for people to be buried amid a growing shortage of plots.

Plans for a new one in Mendip Road had to be withdrawn in 2015 because of concerns over drainage, and efforts have been made ever since to find a solution.

To make the area viable for burials, though, is too costly, with the parish council quoted more than £250,000 and facing annual bills of up to £13,000.

Instead, parish councillors this month have agreed to pursue a cremated remains burial ground instead. The cost of this – including a comprehensive drainage system – would be £86,000, with no annual maintenance fees.

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The parish council said it would be able to fund the work from its budgets without ‘burdening’ the taxpayer.

However, members expressed ‘regret’ burials would not be possible.

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