Double plots for obese people in burial ground

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Thirty double-sized plots will go close to the road in a new burial ground so undertakers don’t have far to carry overweight people who have died.

Vicky Hills, who is steering the burial project for Sutton Bridge Parish Council, said the oversized plots were requested by funeral directors.

She said: “I think in today’s climate obesity is becoming more of a problem. They will cost more money because we are going to have double plots. It’s the result of people not being responsible for their weight, basically.

“It was requested by the funeral directors that they should not be too far from the road so they don’t have too far to carry them.”

The parkland burial ground will go on three-acres at Fields Farm North, in Bridge Road, if South Holland District Council gives planning consent.

Drawings of the burial ground were unveiled at the parish meeting – a year after alarm bells were sounded about the village running out of graves in the cemetery at St Matthew’s Church and fears that villagers might have to be buried in other towns.

Coun Hills said there are spaces left in the cemetery – and those who reserved places will still be buried there – but once it is formally closed all burials will take place at the new site, expected to open early next year.

The burial ground will last for 100 years and includes general graves, children’s graves, an area for interment of ashes, a multi-use disabled toilet and a general storage area. There’s provision for the site to be extended at the end of its life.

The site is about a mile from the church and has a bus stop outside as well as car access.