Ceme­tery bid con­cerns about undis­cov­ered re­mains

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A new bid to ex­tend Lam­lash ceme­tery could be de­layed by work to eval­u­ate pos­si­ble undis­cov­ered ar­chae­o­log­i­cal re­mains.

A plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion has been made by North Ayr­shire Coun­cil for a change of use of neigh­bour­ing agri­cul­tural land to form a ceme­tery ex­ten­sion as well as the cre­ation of a new ac­cess road, foot­paths and a perime­ter fence.

Fol­low­ing a pre­vi­ous ob­jec­tion and sub­se­quent with­drawal of the ap­pli­ca­tion last year, the Scot­tish En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency has now con­firmed that there will be no unacceptable im­pact on the wa­ter en­vi­ron­ment and it has with­drawn its pre­vi­ous ob­jec­tion to the pro­pos­als.

How­ever, the West of Scot­land Ar­chae­ol­ogy Ser­vice has in its sub­mis­sion made men­tion of the sta­tus of the chapel and an­cient grave­yards nearby as be­ing sched­uled an­cient mon­u­ments recog­nised as be­ing of na­tional im­por­tance. And it says that fur­ther ar­chae­o­log­i­cal work on the pro­posed area would need to be un­der­taken to eval­u­ate the area.

Its re­port states: ‘While no known ar­chae­o­log­i­cal fea­tures have been recorded from within the ap­pli­ca­tion area, the prox­im­ity of the church site im­me­di­ately to the east, as well as the pres­ence of other finds in the area dat­ing from the pre­his­toric to Vik­ing age sug­gests that pre­vi­ously undis­cov­ered re­mains may sur­vive within the ap­pli­ca­tion bound­ary.

This raises a po­ten­tial ar­chae­o­log­i­cal is­sue which should be ad­dressed when de­ter­min­ing the ap­pli­ca­tion.’

The 9,581 square me­tre site will al­low for a fur­ther 571 plots to be cre­ated in the ceme­tery, which is also known as the Kil­bride Grave­yard.

The ru­ins of the St Brides chapel, lo­cated on the ex­ist­ing site, are thought to date back to the 14th cen­tury and served as the St Brides Parish Church un­til the 1700’s. The ear­li­est leg­i­ble grave­stone dates back to 1603.

There is also a large mod­ern ceme­tery on the north­ern side which fea­tures a row of Sec­ond World War air­men’s graves as well as the grave of Colin Camp­bell whose son Du­gald was the grand­fa­ther of au­thor J K Rowl­ing, who wrote the Harry Pot­ter books.

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Undis­cov­ered re­mains may be found on the pro­posed site of the ceme­tery ex­ten­sion.

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