Views sought over burial ground
LOCAL residents are to be invited to have their say on long-awaited plans to provide a new burial ground in Yatton.
Yatton Parish Council has been searching for a new burial site for several years because the graveyard at St Mary's Church in the village is full. The council owns a small cemetery next to the church but it estimates that this too will be full in the next couple of years.
Parish leaders and local residents were concerned that if no other land was identified, villagers may be forced to bury their loved ones in cemeteries in neighbouring villages or use the North Somerset Council owned cemetery ten miles away in Worle, Weston-super-Mare.
The parish council has already identified a one hectare site at Land Farm, Mendip Road, next to the village allotments as a potential new burial ground. Plans for the new cemetery, which would provide hundreds of new burial and cremation plots, have now been drawn up by specialist planning consultants.
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A public meeting is due to be held next month for local residents to have their say on the plans.
It is estimated the cost of providing the burial ground and allotments will be between £50,000 and £70,000. The parish council has earmarked funds towards the project in its budgets.
Yatton Parish Council clerk, Crispin Taylor, said: "The consultants have already made a presentation to the parish council.
"Councillors thought it was important for local people to be able to have their say on the plans and a public meeting is now planned, which we hope will be in November."
It is hoped if planning permission and a lease can be agreed, work could start on the site next year.