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End Of The Road For Crematorium

February 20, 2020 4:34 PM

The truth of the matter is that the current site is no longer credible for a crematorium and the cemetery itself is full. Darlington should have a newbuild crematorium and the obvious site for this is South of the Borough on the A66. (Vicky Atkinson, Lib Dem Campaigner)

Liberal Democrats agree with the local resident who commented, ''the current proposal, is not value for money and (is) a short term solution when compared to the new build site. A fact which is undisputed and with which I totally agree.''

In fact, local residents oppose the plans for a variety of reasons and have not been well served by their local Conservative Councillors in this matter. They feel that the plans do not offer the dignity and respect for the deceased and their families which national guidelines suggest should be standard. And, even if the plans were to go ahead, they want to see a comprehensive and detailed flooding assessment because of their concerns over existing flooding and that the planned buildings may exacerbate the already difficult situation.

The issue of the capacity and future of the Crematorium has rumbled on for years. Now is the time to take decisive action. Vicky Atkinson added,'If the Conservatives can't do anything about this when they have the councillors, the local council, the local MP, the regional mayor and national government, then what's the use of having Conservatives in power?'