Plans fi­nalised for town cre­ma­to­rium off A47

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BUILD­ING WORK on a cre­ma­to­rium on the A47 out­side Hinck­ley could start in the spring if plans are ap­proved by the coun­cil’s plan­ning com­mit­tee.

De­tailed plans, cov­er­ing the de­sign, lay­out and ac­cess have been sub­mit­ted and will be con­sid­ered be­fore the end of the year.

If ap­proved, work could be­gin on the coun­cil-owned site off the A47 Le­ices­ter Road be­tween Hinck­ley and Earl Shilton in Spring 2019, with the cre­ma­to­rium open­ing in 2020.

Ear­lier this year the coun­cil con­sulted the pub­lic on the de­sign and fa­cil­i­ties for the coun­cil-run fa­cil­ity be­fore the fi­nal plans were drawn up.

As well as con­sult­ing with those liv­ing around the site, mem­bers of the lo­cal com­mu­nity and rep­re­sen­ta­tives of par­ish coun­cils the coun­cil spoke to fu­neral direc­tors to en­sure the build­ing works ef­fec­tively and pro­vides a qual­ity ser­vice for res­i­dents.

Mal­colm Evans, Es­tates and As­sets Man­ager who is man­ag­ing the project for the bor­ough coun­cil, said: “The feed­back we gained from the con­sul­ta­tion was in­valu­able help­ing us to fine tune the de­sign of the build­ing in line with how it will be used and to en­sure it will of­fer be­reaved fam­i­lies a place of re­flec­tion.

“One of the most sig­nif­i­cant changes we made to the draft plans fol­low­ing the con­sul­ta­tion was to in­crease the ca­pac­ity of the chapel. This has been re­con­fig­ured to be flex­i­ble enough to ac­com­mo­date both larger and smaller fu­ner­als sen­si­tively, some­thing that we are aware is cur­rently much needed in this area.”

With the near­est avail­able cre­ma­to­rium cur­rently located in Nuneaton, the pro­posed fa­cil­ity could pro­vide an al­ter­na­tive af­ford­able cre­ma­tion ser­vice with re­duced wait­ing times and re­duced trav­el­ling times for Hinck­ley and Bos­worth res­i­dents.

The fa­cil­ity would com­ple­ment the coun­cil’s ceme­tery ser­vices, cre­ate jobs and en­hance the ap­pear­ance of the site, and would fit well with the burial ser­vices pro­vided as a bor­ough coun­cil.

The cost of the project – around £4.6mil­lion – is be­ing paid for out of the coun­cil’s cap­i­tal bud­get, money which can only be spent on large projects, not for pro­vid­ing day to day ser­vices.

Coun­cil Leader Mike Hall said: “We have gone to great lengths to ad­dress any con­cerns raised dur­ing the con­sul­ta­tion pe­riod, and these plans re­flect the best pos­si­ble de­sign, which is sym­pa­thetic and will be a great as­set to the com­mu­nity.

“Any prof­its gen­er­ated from this in­vest­ment will be able to be used in de­liv­er­ing bet­ter coun­cil ser­vices.”

Any­one wish­ing to view and com­ment on the plans can do so at: www.hinck­ley-bos­worth. gov.uk/com­ment go to View and com­ment on­line and en­ter Ref: 18/00751/DEEM

An artists im­press­sion of how Hinck­ley’s cre­ma­to­rium could look

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