Go ahead given for cemetery plan
Over 200 new lairs will be created at Westburn Cemetery in Cambuslang after councillors agreed to extend the facility.
Members of a South Lanarkshire Council planning committee yesterday, Tuesday, unanimously approved the plan.
The council will now move to build 220 lairs on a section of open space north of the existing cemetery.
The work will also include the creation of steps and the erection of a new fence.
A single tree will be removed to allow work to take place but included within the plans are a wildflower meadow and tree planting to the eastern boundary of the site.
The Reformer reported the plans were in place last month.
It is though the current provision at Westburn would only allow the cemetery to operate for a further 10 years.
The new plans should extend its life by another decade.
Council officers advised the committee that the plan involved the removal of green space and did not adhere to local planning laws.
But they added: “Although the proposal is contrary to the terms of Policy 14 as it will result in a loss of greenspace and does not include compensatory provision, it is considered that there are sufficient mitigating circumstances.”
Westburn Cemetery has records dating back to 1889.
In recent years it has suffered from flooding while some families have complained about the upkeep of it.
But the council insist it is tidied on a regular basis.