STOCKTON-on-Tees Borough Council’s Cabinet will meet next week (Thursday 20 April) to discuss plans for a proposed new crematorium to serve the whole Borough.
A report going before the Cabinet seeks approval to develop and operate a crematorium and gardens of remembrance on the site of the former Blakeston School Playing Fields on Junction Road in Roseworth.
The crematorium, including gardens of remembrance and associated landscaping and parking, would be owned and managed by the Council.
Of the deaths registered in the Borough between 2010 and 2016, nearly 80% of families opted for cremation. With no local facility available, those residents had no choice but to cremate their family member outside of the Borough.
Councillor Bob Cook, Leader of Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council, said: “The Borough’s population is continuing to grow and in the last six years, more families have opted for cremation rather than burial so we know that there is a real need for the Borough to have a modern crematorium of its own.
“Just last year, we carried out a consultation about building a crematorium in the Borough and more than 90% of respondents were in favour.
“We want to be able to meet the needs of our bereaved families and that’s why we are proposing to build and operate a facility that charges reasonable rates for a vital service. Any funds left over after running costs have been met would be put back into the Council’s services to serve and benefit all residents.
“Through this approach, rather than benefitting any commercial operator, we can reinvest these funds to help prevent further cuts to services and continue with our ambitious plans for the Borough.”
The facility would cost a total of £6.35m to build with construction costs met by prudential borrowing and ongoing running costs absorbed within the operating budget.
Subject to approval by the Cabinet, the proposal will be considered at a full Council meeting in May.
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