New crematorium for Surfleet can go ahead

DEVELOPERS behind plans to build a crematorium in South Holland have won the backing of the district’s councillors.

South Lincolnshire Crematorium Ltd faced little opposition over their proposals for the site off Gosberton Road, Surfleet, as they were brought before South Holland District Council’s planning committee on Wednesday.

The scheme, which includes a single-storey chapel, car parking, memorial garden and wild flower meadow, had met mixed reactions from the public during the consultation period.

Lengthy objections were made by Surfleet Parish Council, with parish councillor Mary Hurst reiterating several concerns over the loss of grade one agricultural land, increased traffic and emissions before the debate began.

A number of councillors had been given a detailed presentation on the plans ahead of the meeting.

Coun Andrew Miller suggested concerns over traffic problems could be alleviated by imposing a left turn only order from the site to direct vehicles back towards the A16.

However, Coun Roger Gambba-Jones suggested some local businesses might benefit from vehicles travelling through the village.

He said: “A number of people may wish to go into Surfleet to take advantage of the facilities.

“I would see this as being a potential benefit to businesses, whether it’s dropping into the pub for a drink afterwards, as I have twice in the last six months, or staying overnight because they’re travelling some distance.”

Coun Francis Biggadike said his concern was the quality of land being taken but he said the council “had to accept” the developers had given their assurances they had looked for alternative sites.

Coun Bob Creese was among the supporters for the scheme: “I was at the presentation that was given by the applicant and I have seen nothing that alters my initial response.

“It’s in the right place, it’s a needed facility, Highways are saying it’s a suitable place, and I agree.”

Coun Anthony Casson echoed those sentiments, adding: “I cannot see anything wrong with this application at all.”

The plans were passed by 12 votes to nil.