Will Yatton Cemetery be filled in just two years' time?
PUBLISHED: 11:00 24 January 2017
There are only two spaces available for burials in Yatton's main cemetery - with plans to build a new graveyard thought to be at least two years away.
The Rectory Way cemetery, close to St Mary’s Church, is owned by Yatton Parish Council and has been near capacity for some time.
The parish council has now confirmed the site is expected to be full within the next two years, meaning people in the village are facing the prospect of burying their loved ones in other parts of North Somerset.
Councillors agreed at a meeting on January 9 to reserve two available plots in the cemetery for burials, while another 12 spaces would be dedicated to cremations.
Another option considered by councillors was to create four or six spaces for burials, at the expense of fewer cremation slots, but the council agreed this was unsuitable as more people are now choosing to be cremated.
Council clerk Aleana Baird told the meeting: “There could be four burial plots in there, but it is at the expense of possibly 12 cremation plots.
“We do not have many burials per year (so) if we do not do these four, it will give us 12 cremation plots.”
The parish council is in the process of looking for a site in Yatton to build an extra cemetery.
It had previously identified an area off Mendip Road, which could have allowed 1,750 adult graves to be created.
However, the Environment Agency raised concerns about the cemetery possibly polluting controlled waters, and the parish council withdrew the application on the basis of the agency’s advice.