Clock ticking on cemetery

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THE search is on for a new cemetery site in Long Sutton before time runs out.

It’s estimated that there is around two years’ worth of burial ground left in the current cemetery on London Road and the clock is ticking to find a new site and get it ready.

The council held an extraordinary meeting on Tuesday night to discuss the available options.

Speaking after the meeting chairman Coun John Clarey said six options were put on the table and councillors have gone away to consider which is most suitable.

The sites are allotment land at Back Lane, Seagate, Winter’s Lane and Woad Lane, a private site at Bridge Road and an extension to the current cemetery in Cinder Ash Park.

Coun Clarey said: “We have been looking at options for the past three years but really haven’t got any further forward and time is running out.

“Once we have decided on a site, we need to apply for planning permission and if it’s granted, get the area ready. There’s a lot to do.”

Coun Clarey said the allotment site at Seagate has previously been turned down by planners because of the high level of the water table there.

He added: “I think this could be a problem across the whole town.

“We did extend the current cemetery a few years ago but it has run out more quickly than we expected.

“As a last resort we could extend it again, but we really don’t want to take away any more parkland if we can help it.”

Coun Clarey is appealing to any land owners in the town who would be prepared to sell the council about a hectare, to contact him as soon as possible on 07909 997635.

The council will discuss the matter briefly at its monthly meeting on Thursday, October 27, and plans to hold another extraordinary meeting to fully debate the situation.