Funeral bod­ies sent 20 miles away af­ter ceme­tery gas leak

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - STU­ART GREER

THE dis­cov­ery of a gas leak is caus­ing bod­ies to be sent 20 miles to Crewe for cre­ma­tion.

The cre­ma­to­rium based at Mac­cles­field Ceme­tery has been un­able to op­er­ate its fur­naces since last Thurs­day.

In­stead, af­ter fam­i­lies have said their good­byes at the cre­ma­to­rium, the bod­ies are be­ing trans­ported 20 miles away to Crewe ceme­tery to be cre­mated. The ashes are later re­turned to lo­cal funeral homes for fam­i­lies to col­lect. A prob­lem with the mains gas sup­ply was dis­cov­ered dur­ing rou­tine main­te­nance last Wed­nes­day.

Al­though util­i­ties en­gi­neers are work­ing to fix the is­sue the new ar­range­ment looks set to con­tinue into next week.

Cheshire East Coun­cil which runs the cre­ma­to­rium said there has been no dis­rup­tion to any fu­ner­als since the prob­lem was iden­ti­fied.

The cre­ma­to­rium has the back­ing of the town’s funeral homes.

Nick Wis­combe, man­ager at the Co-op­er­a­tive Funer­al­care on High Street, Mac­cles­field, said there had been no com­plaints from fam­i­lies.

He said: “Mac­cles­field cre­ma­to­rium has done every­thing it can to min­imise the up­set and dam­age that has been caused. They have done a fan­tas­tic job and we have li­aised very closely be­tween them and our fam­i­lies, who are in­formed about every­thing we do. I have noth­ing but praise for them.”

The sup­port is shared by Hoo­ley Wat­son & Buckley funeral home in Mac­cles­field, which is run by Dig­nity Fu­ner­als Lim­ited.

Stu­art Cox, of Dig­nity, said: “When a fam­ily come to visit us we have been ex­plain­ing the sit­u­a­tion at Mac­cles­field Cre­ma­to­rium. We’ve not had any fam­ily have an is­sue with the ar­range­ments.

“We’re still wait­ing to hear from the cre­ma­to­rium as to when it will be op­er­a­tional again.”

A spokesman for Cheshire East Coun­cil aid: “Dur­ing planned main­te­nance last week en­gi­neers found prob­lems with the gas sup­ply. While fix­ing the prob­lems en­gi­neers dis­cov­ered the ori­gin was a mains gas is­sue which is be­ing re­solved.

“Since Thurs­day all cre- ma­tions have taken place in Crewe af­ter the ser­vices in Mac­cles­field.

“The re­mains are then re­turned to the funeral di­rec­tors. Fam­i­lies of the de­ceased have been in­formed of the sit­u­a­tion via the funeral di­rec­tors. There has been no can­cel­la­tions, dis­rup­tions or back­log.”

●● A gas leak has stopped cre­ma­tions at Mac­cles­field Cre­ma­to­rium

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