Work on giant new cemetery poised to begin this year

Andrew Moring at the Sutton Road cemetery

Andrew Moring at the Sutton Road cemetery

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WORK on a huge new cemetery for Southend could start this year, the Echo can reveal.

Southend Council expects to exchange contracts in the next six to eight weeks with the owner of a 23-acre site for the graveyard in fields opposite Morley Nursery, in Southend Road.

The authority has set aside £1.68million for the burial ground in the coming financial year’s budget.

Workmen could move in by the end of 2014.

Andrew Moring, Southend councillor for corporate services, said: “We have been chasing the landowner for the contracts, which we were expecting before Christmas.

“Unfortunately, the solicitors were on holiday for Christmas and NewYear, but we are now back in conversation and hoping we can exchange within the next six to eight weeks.

“We would expect work to start towards the end of this year.”

Most of the green belt land, which is believed to stretch east towards Star Lane and down to Parsons Corner, lies within Southend borough, but a small part is in Rochford district. Southend and Rochford councils would have to grant planning permission for the graveyard.

New top soil would have to be brought in to raise the level of the land, due to its water table.

The county council would have to agree to have this soil brought to the site through roads in Rochford.

Council cemeteries in Leigh and North Road, Southend, have no space for new burials and more people can only be buried in existing family graves. Sutton Road Cemetery, Southend, is expected to be full in eight or nine years.

A new cemetery could take six years to establish as the ground has to be stabilised, infrastructure built and trees and shrubs given time to bed in.

The land is part of a 225-acre site jointly owned by the Robert Leonard Group, which also owns the Esplanade House site on Southend seafront, and Regis, one of the firms behind Thorpe Estate, which holds the freehold for much of the Burges Estate, in Thorpe Bay.

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8:14am Mon 20 Jan 14

supermadmax says...

Cemeteries are dated, tacky and expensive. They only grew in popularity because in the middle ages the church said bodies needed to be placed in church ground (for a fee/tax) to get into heaven.
No need for them in modern times, cremation is the way to go.
Cemeteries are dated, tacky and expensive. They only grew in popularity because in the middle ages the church said bodies needed to be placed in church ground (for a fee/tax) to get into heaven. No need for them in modern times, cremation is the way to go. supermadmax
  • Score: -2

9:08am Mon 20 Jan 14

Laughlust says...

Cremation is the way, once they're ash enjoy some pie and mash
Cremation is the way, once they're ash enjoy some pie and mash Laughlust
  • Score: -11

10:00am Mon 20 Jan 14

Howard Cháse says...

Greenbelt sold off to house the dead. The housing developers must be gnashing their teeth and crying into their ledgers....
Greenbelt sold off to house the dead. The housing developers must be gnashing their teeth and crying into their ledgers.... Howard Cháse
  • Score: 10

11:47am Mon 20 Jan 14

Laughlust says...

Once all known relatives have passed on, surely it makes sense to dig up the old, for room for the new
Once all known relatives have passed on, surely it makes sense to dig up the old, for room for the new Laughlust
  • Score: -6

12:22pm Mon 20 Jan 14

scrounger‎ says...

Only foreigners still want burial nowadays, poor use of land.
Only foreigners still want burial nowadays, poor use of land. scrounger‎
  • Score: -4

1:00pm Mon 20 Jan 14

Howard Cháse says...

Bury people vertically rather than horizontally. Can get more in the available space that way.....
Bury people vertically rather than horizontally. Can get more in the available space that way..... Howard Cháse
  • Score: 9

2:24pm Mon 20 Jan 14

emcee says...

It would make sense to make cremation compulsory under UK law, unless it can be shown that burial is required for religious reasons. In which case, individual religions would purchase and manage their own individual burial sites.
It would make sense to make cremation compulsory under UK law, unless it can be shown that burial is required for religious reasons. In which case, individual religions would purchase and manage their own individual burial sites. emcee
  • Score: 5

2:54pm Mon 20 Jan 14

GrumpyofLeigh says...

Am I being cynical wondering why the Council has bought a piece of land from property speculators rather than a farmer? But at least it will remain "green" in perpetuity.
Am I being cynical wondering why the Council has bought a piece of land from property speculators rather than a farmer? But at least it will remain "green" in perpetuity. GrumpyofLeigh
  • Score: 2

3:33pm Mon 20 Jan 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

£1.68 million....i bet they had to dig deep for that amount.
£1.68 million....i bet they had to dig deep for that amount. DogsMessInLeigh
  • Score: 2

4:40pm Mon 20 Jan 14

jolllyboy says...

You be cremated if you want but people should have a choice.Last i knew it was a (reasonably) free country. Not our fault the country is filling up.
You be cremated if you want but people should have a choice.Last i knew it was a (reasonably) free country. Not our fault the country is filling up. jolllyboy
  • Score: 6

5:36pm Mon 20 Jan 14

Laughlust says...

jolllyboy wrote:
You be cremated if you want but people should have a choice.Last i knew it was a (reasonably) free country. Not our fault the country is filling up.
Filling up with dead bodies? cremation should be the only disposal
[quote][p][bold]jolllyboy[/bold] wrote: You be cremated if you want but people should have a choice.Last i knew it was a (reasonably) free country. Not our fault the country is filling up.[/p][/quote]Filling up with dead bodies? cremation should be the only disposal Laughlust
  • Score: -8

7:32pm Mon 20 Jan 14

GrumpyofLeigh says...

Why the antagonism towards burials? The new residents will be buying their bit of it (its not given to them) plus the Council will be making a turn - I seem to recall that funeral services etc are the Council's second biggest earner after Council tax. So do the maths.
Why the antagonism towards burials? The new residents will be buying their bit of it (its not given to them) plus the Council will be making a turn - I seem to recall that funeral services etc are the Council's second biggest earner after Council tax. So do the maths. GrumpyofLeigh
  • Score: 3

9:08pm Mon 20 Jan 14

seasider270 says...

"New top soil would have to be brought in to raise the level of the land, due to its water table."

There is pile of earth in the Garrison that the council seems desperate to shift. Putting it here can hardly be more controversial than it's current intended use. Might save a few current (Conservative) councillors from losing their part time income at the next local elections as well!
"New top soil would have to be brought in to raise the level of the land, due to its water table." There is pile of earth in the Garrison that the council seems desperate to shift. Putting it here can hardly be more controversial than it's current intended use. Might save a few current (Conservative) councillors from losing their part time income at the next local elections as well! seasider270
  • Score: 2

10:07am Tue 21 Jan 14

j.day313 says...

I hope that the surrounding roads are upgraded, there is no public footpath along that road which is far too narrow anyway, there are no public transport services currently in place so those without access to cars etc would be unable to visit. First things first, sort ot the access issues BEFORE considering starting work on the proposed cemetery.
I hope that the surrounding roads are upgraded, there is no public footpath along that road which is far too narrow anyway, there are no public transport services currently in place so those without access to cars etc would be unable to visit. First things first, sort ot the access issues BEFORE considering starting work on the proposed cemetery. j.day313
  • Score: 2

12:32am Fri 24 Jan 14

smiffy22 says...

emcee wrote:
It would make sense to make cremation compulsory under UK law, unless it can be shown that burial is required for religious reasons. In which case, individual religions would purchase and manage their own individual burial sites.
I don't agree with your "religious reasons" bit. As with any other laws, there is no reason that someone should be given exemption or special treatment just because of their own brand of irrational superstition.
One set of laws for all, regardless of race or religion.
Regards,
Smiffy22
[quote][p][bold]emcee[/bold] wrote: It would make sense to make cremation compulsory under UK law, unless it can be shown that burial is required for religious reasons. In which case, individual religions would purchase and manage their own individual burial sites.[/p][/quote]I don't agree with your "religious reasons" bit. As with any other laws, there is no reason that someone should be given exemption or special treatment just because of their own brand of irrational superstition. One set of laws for all, regardless of race or religion. Regards, Smiffy22 smiffy22
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