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Plans to extend East Durham village cemetery that will run out of space in five years

Horden Parish Councillors (left to right) Rodie Bagnall, Jean white, Isabel Roberts and Edna Connor in Horden Cemetery

Horden Parish Councillors (left to right) Rodie Bagnall, Jean white, Isabel Roberts and Edna Connor in Horden Cemetery

PEOPLE are being asked for their views on council proposals to extend a village cemetery.

Horden Parish Council is seeking the opinion of people in the village on plans to extend Thorpe Road Cemetery, on the outskirts of the village.

The cemetery will run out of burial space in around five years, and the parish council wants to ask the residents their views on the future burial arrangements for the village.

A consultation will start on Monday, April 14, when each household in Horden will receive details of the proposal and a questionnaire for residents to complete and return.

The last date for the return of questionnaires will be April 24, with various drop boxes located throughout the village. The council has been concerned about future cemetery provision for the village for several years and has investigated what can be done to resolve the problem.

The parish council agreed last year to postpone building a new village cemetery on an eight-hectare piece of grazing land off Inchcape Terrace, in Grants Houses.

The plans were put on hold after the parish council conducted tests to determine whether the land was suitable.

It found it contained significant amounts of building rubble that could have cost up to £100,000 to remove.

The local authority decided it was not in the interests of local taxpayers to spend such large amounts on clean-up costs. Additional copies of the questionnaire, relating to the latest plan, are available at Thorpe Road Cemetery or Horden Parish Council Offices at Horden Social Welfare Centre, in Seventh Street.

People can also call (0191) 5180823 for more details.

 

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