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FIRST CREMATORIUM TO BE BUILT IN LONDON FOR OVER 40 YEARS

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The first crematorium to be built in London for over 40 years is about to ...
The first crematorium to be built in London for over 40 years is about to

take shape.

Redbridge is rapidly running out of burial space at its existing cemeteries

and the new Cemetery and Crematorium being built on the corner of Forest

Road and Romford Road, Hainault, will provide enough burial space for

residents for at least the next 60 years.

Redbridge LBC has entered into an agreement with Cemetery and

Crematorium Services Ltd to build and manage the new facility together with

our four existing cemeteries and the four closed churchyards looked after by the

council.

The new facility will provide for the needs of all the borough's main

religions - Church of England, Hindu, Muslim, Roman Catholic and Sikhs. In

laying out the site, the contractors are paying particular attention to

enhancing the views over nearby Hainault Forest and ensuring that a natural,

colourful environment is provided all year round.

The agreement with Cemetery & Crematorium Services Ltd will ensure that all

the council's cemeteries in the borough will be maintained to the same high

standard expected at Forest Road, which is due to open in January 2005.

Cabinet member for environment and highways, Morris Hickey, said:

'Bereaved people need to be able to

bid farewell to their loved ones in surroundings that are both comfortable

and comforting. I believe that this new facility, in a pleasant location,

will meet that requirement. The council's partnership with a specialist

contractor will ensure that attention is paid to detail and standards in all

the council's cemeteries and we look forward to working with them.'

Richard Evans, managing director of the Westerleigh Group, the parent

company of Cemetery and Crematorium Services Ltd, added: 'A new, modern

crematorium is very much needed as an accessible alternative to the busy

crematoria at South Essex and City of London. The building and grounds will

be beautifully landscaped to ensure that they are in keeping with the

surrounding woods and Country Park. We will also ensure that improvements

are made to all the cemeteries in the borough and that the local community

receive the best level of service possible.'

Notes

The council only has 34 general spaces left at Barkingside Garden of Rest,

plus 30 Muslim graves. A few more spaces are being provided in the old

cemetery but Barkingside will be full before this winter.

This is the first new crematorium to be built in Greater London since 1958 -

the last municipal crematorium to be built in London was Hillingdon, (South

Essex in Havering opened in 1957).

The council's existing cemeteries are Barkingside Cemetery, Barkingside

Garden of Rest, Buckingham Road and Roding Lane.

The four closed churchyards the council looks after are St Mary's Ilford, St

Mary's Woodford, St Mary's Wanstead, and Holy Trinity Barkingside.

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