Bruntcliffe cemetery set for revamp

Bruntcliffe Cemetery. (d02091106)
Bruntcliffe Cemetery. (d02091106)

Bruntcliffe Cemetery could be set for a revamp after work by town councillors.

The burial ground is beginning to look “run down” according to one councillor with many older graves having fallen into a state of disrepair.

Cemeteries tend to be at the bottom of people’s agendas when it comes to refurbishment.

Coun Robert Finnigan

Provisional plans include an aim to improve and widen the pavements around the cemetery as well as providing a water supply for flowers left by relatives.

Coun Robert Finnigan said: “We visited the cemetery on a recent site visit and believed it was beginning to look a little run down and a little tired.

“We have asked for an improvement plan to look at improving the look of the cemetery and also requested a change to working practises to bring in more council workers to work at the site.

“Cemeteries tend to be at the bottom of people’s agendas when it comes to refurbishment with playgrounds, parks and sports centres of course needing to be developed, so we’ve asked for this to be looked at as well.

The improvements are expected to be funded by a contribution from Barratt Homes, released automatically as a result of their construction of houses in the area. Section 106 of the Town and Country Planning Act makes it compulsory for developers to set aside money for local facilities.

A ballpark figure of around £35,000 has been mooted as the cost of the project, though this has yet to be confirmed.

Coun Wyn Kidger said: “We have identified that developer funds from the new Bruntcliffe Road housing development could be used to improve the cemetery and we are having a plan costed up to see if an improvement plan could be supported with these funds.”

The plans are expected to be finalised in the summer with the aim of completing the work by the end of the year. A Friends of Bruntcliffe Cemetery group is also expected to be set up to support future improvements.