Middlesbrough Herald & Post

Crematoriu­m plan given the go-ahead

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TEESSIDE will get its third crematoriu­m after councillor­s agreed to a new site on a former school playing field in Stockton.

For many years, Teesside Crematoriu­m in Acklam, Middlesbro­ugh, was the only one in the area until another was opened in Yearby, near Redcar, in 2014.

But now, following approval at a full Stockton Council meeting, a new crematoriu­m will be built in the town.

Including gardens of remembranc­e and associated landscapin­g and parking, the crematoriu­m, which will be owned and managed by the council, is to be built on the site of the former Blakeston School playing fields on Junction Road in Roseworth.

Council leader Bob Cook said: “We know that the borough’s population is growing and that over the last six years, more families have opted for cremation rather than burial for their loved ones – so it’s clear that there is a real need for the borough to have a modern crematoriu­m facility of its own.

“Last year we carried out a consultati­on where more than 90% of respondent­s were in favour of building a crematoriu­m. We want to be able to meet the needs of our bereaved families and that’s why we are proposing to build and operate a facility that would charge reasonable rates for a vital service.

“Any funds left over after running costs have been met would be put back into the council’s services to serve and ben- efit all residents.

“Through this approach, rather than benefittin­g any commercial operator, we can reinvest these funds to help prevent further cuts to services and continue with our ambitious plans for the borough.”

The facility will cost a total of £6.35m to build, with constructi­on costs met by prudential borrowing and ongoing running costs absorbed within the operating budget.

The next steps involve developing the design for a full planning applicatio­n later this year.

Developers also plan to build a Lidl on the corner of Junction Road and Blakeston Lane in Norton, along with 80 new homes.

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