Pro­tes­tors vow to fight

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coun­cil and she felt there should be com­mu­nity con­sul­ta­tion. ’’This was pre­ventable and TCDC had to pass it to an­other com­mis­sioner be­cause they were un­able to make a de­ci­sion,’’ she said.

‘‘I find it re­ally bizarre that an in­de­pen­dent com­mis­sioner can be em­ployed and come up with a de­ci­sion and yet that can be ap­pealed and an­other in­de­pen­dent com­mis­sioner comes up with the com­plete op­po­site de­ci­sion. There’s some­thing wrong with the process.’’

How­ever, the group agreed that a cre­ma­to­rium was needed in Thames and was work­ing to­ward hav­ing a cre­ma­to­rium in the area, she said.

‘‘We know that the town does need one but we just think it’s in­ap­pro­pri­ate for it to be placed in amongst busi­nesses and res­i­dences.’’

Ca­tran wants to in­stall an Amer­i­can Model A 250-WH cre­ma­tor that he says emits no smoke or par­tic­u­lates into the at­mos­phere.

‘‘The mod­ern cre­ma­tors are clean burn­ing, with no vis­i­ble par­tic­u­late or clouds of black smoke as some pre­dicted and they are cur­rently the most en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly way of treat­ing a fam­ily’s de­ceased loved one,’’ he said.

A coun­cil spokesper­son said coun­cil would not be com­ment­ing on the de­ci­sion.

Coun­cil had re­ceived a de­ci­sion on the ob­jec­tion from an in­de­pen­dent com­mis­sioner that a cer­tifi­cate can be is­sued for the pro­posed cre­ma­to­rium as a per­mit­ted ac­tiv­ity that may be car­ried out with­out a re­source con­sent, he said.

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