Improvements for burial facilities across the town
A number of recommendations to improve cemeteries and burial facilities were agreed by Northampton Borough Council’s Cabinet last week
following a ten-month review by the Council’s overview and scrutiny committee.
Key recommendations agreed were a feasibility study into a large new crematorium and cemetery for the town, and investigations into a 1,000 plot extension to Dallington Cemetery, which could be accommodated by re-designating borough owned land that adjoins the site.
Changes were welcomed to address maintenance and safety issues in cemeteries across the borough, including the pruning and removal of overgrown trees, the repair of footpaths and roadways and the securing of vaults.
Recycling bins for plastic bottles, new rubbish bins and uniform signage in all cemeteries, especially signage targeted at dog walkers, will also be implemented.
Councillor Brian Sargeant, Chair of the cemeteries scrutiny panel, said: “These recommendations will ensure that the borough’s cemeteries are easily accessible, well maintained and attractive, with adequate amenities for visitors.
“We are also considering the future needs of the borough’s population by investigating additional facilities.”