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At a meeting on Tuesday, 12 October, the council’s cabinet gave approval to award the contract to Kier to deliver a new £9.6 million Lelley Fields Bereavement Project. The new state-of-the-art facility will be situated off Lelley Road, near Preston. Planned features include two service halls, a new woodland, a memory walk and other areas for remembrance and celebration.
The project will start on site in winter 2021 and is due to be completed in early 2023.
We have identified a need for a new crematorium in the area because of the time it takes for people to travel to existing sites from Holderness and the impact this has on the bereaved when suffering from their loss and subsequently wishing to visit a crematorium where ashes have been laid.
A new crematorium, will also help the wider funeral and bereavement sector be more sustainable for the future. We will consider how we can help to address funeral poverty and the build will contain environmentally friendly features, through its design and the use of technology.
We have conducted significant research and established that this project offers substantial benefits to local residents, businesses and communities. It will provide a place for people to remember their loved ones local to where they live and will support the economy through the creation of jobs and trade for related businesses as well.
Consultation carried out with the local community and funeral directors showed that there is strong support for the development of a new crematorium in the area; 93% of residents who responded were in favour of the development.
Proposals for the crematorium received planning permission from the council’s planning committee in February 2021.