Cemetery Public Consultation
The Council wishes to capture the public’s views on issues relating to the future of Vandyke Road Cemetery. With approximately 8 years of burial capacity remaining, the inability to find and secure suitable burial land either within the parish or outside means that the council needs to think about ways to maximise burial capacity within its existing site. The public consultation exercise will ask parish residents to consider options that could provide additional burial capacity in order to meet increasing demand by an ever expanding parish population.
In order to capture as many comments as we can, we intend holding consultation events at the following locations and times:
Market 11th June ’19, 29th June ’19 and 9th July ’19 (9am – 4pm)
The Council Offices 19th June ’19 (10am – 5pm), 17th July ’19 (6pm – 10pm) and 18th August ’19 (10am – 3pm)
Vandyke Road Cemetery Chapel 26th June ’19 (10am – 4pm) and 24th July ’19 (6pm – 10pm)
Alongside the traditional methods of public engagement, we will also be using electronic methods for those unable to attend the public engagement sessions.
Have your say here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/7Z7KFLY
It is hoped that the findings will be presented to the 9th September Grounds and Environmental Services Committee for its consideration.
The issue is both complex and for some, will be a sensitive topic. It is important to be aware that the final decision is made by council and may not always reflect some of the views expressed during community engagement and consultation. The council will do its upmost to take all comments into consideration when seeking a workable solution in the interests of the town’s ability to accommodate those wishing to be buried within the parish.
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