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