Go ahead given for ceme­tery plan

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

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.

Ceme­tery ex­ten­sion

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