Response to proposed crematorium

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A NEW crematorium for Surfleet will be on the agenda next week when parish councillors discuss their response to plans.

Members have the chance to put forward any concerns they may have to South Holland District Council before it decides whether or not to grant planning permission for the development on land at Gosberton Road.

But parish council chairman Mary Hurst said she does not feel there is a “big upswell” of public feeling against the crematorium.

A special meeting was held in the village at the end of last year at which the developers outlined their hopes for the site and gave councillors and the public the chance to ask questions.

Mrs Hurst said concerns were raised about emissions and the effect on nearby properties, including a farm which packs produce for the food industry.

She said: “Obviously people have concerns but our questions seemed to be answered honestly by the developers.

“I think one of the big questions was why have they chosen Surfleet, but they explained they needed somewhere peaceful and quiet.

“I do not know whether people accepted the answers 100 per cent, but since then I have only received feedback from one person who is against it, so I haven’t come across any big upswell of feeling.

“At that meeting most council members were not against it, but since then people have had a chance to think about it, so we will be discussing it at our meeting on Tuesday.”