Spalding parkland may be used for graves as the town cemetery has only enough burial plots for four more years.
South Holland District Council is considering using the Chiltern Drive open space/play area as a cemetery extension but the £50,000 scheme will only go ahead if the authority’s planners give formal planning consent.
A previous application for the same thing sparked objections, but the council believes those can be overcome.
In a report to the council’s policy development panel, environmental services team leader Glen Chapman says the entire site of both the open space and play area would provide enough grave spaces for 15 years – with the open space offering ten years and the play area five.
At this stage, it’s intended the play area should remain untouched.
The council also intends to keep the open space footpath to a nature reserve but it’s possible that goalposts at the site will be moved elsewhere.
The land has a restrictive covenant which would have to be lifted before graves can go there.
But the council intends to lift the covenant by approaching unnamed parties involved or by applying to the Lands Tribunal.
In his report, Mr Chapman says: “An application to the Lands Tribunal will be viewed as stronger if planning approval has already been granted for the site in question.”
n Sutton Bridge Parish Council is in a race against time to find an alterative burial ground with less than a year’s capacity at St Matthew’s Church.
The council is looking at a Bridge Road field, where wheat has just been harvested, and is negotiating to buy it from the trustees of the Henry Smith charity.
It’s feared villagers who die will have to be buried in Spalding Cemetery unless a sale is agreed soon.
Council vice chairman Michael Booth said: “I think it would be unreasonable to expect our people to go 20 miles up the road.”