East Riding Bereavement Services

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See links to recent press releases about the project.

Press Release – June 2022

Steel signing event marks key milestone in construction of Lelley Fields Crematorium

East Riding of Yorkshire Council celebrated a key milestone in the construction of the new £9.6 million Lelley Fields Crematorium in Holderness with a 'steel signing' event.

Due for completion early 2023, the site, off Sproatley Road, near Preston, will offer peace, tranquility, and natural landscaping plus state-of-the-art facilities to create a fitting place to commemorate loved ones.

The steel signing event on Tuesday 31 May 2022 was attended by staff and elected members from the council, including the leader Cllr Jonathan Owen, and deputy leader, Cllr Anne Handley, as well as staff from the main contractor Kier Construction.

It included a welcome from Cllr Owen, and the regional director of Kier Construction North and Scotland, Dan Doherty.

This was followed by the eagerly anticipated steel signing, with Cllr Owen, Cllr Handley, Paul Bellotti - executive director of communities and environment at the council, and Mr Doherty, among the first to add their signatures to the steel.

The event also included a tour of the site and display of building and landscape plans.

Kier Construction started work on site in winter 2021 and is making excellent progress to deliver this much-needed facility in the heart of Holderness, working to the innovative design of the council's building design team in infrastructure and facilities.

Cllr Owen said: "It was fantastic to see the great progress that has been made on building the new Lelley Fields Crematorium, and I am proud of the tremendous amount of work that is being done to ensure our vision for this much-needed facility is delivered for residents of the East Riding."

Councillor Claire Holmes, portfolio holder for planning, infrastructure and housing at the council, also attended the event. Cllr Holmes commented: "It is a great achievement for all those involved to reach this key milestone in the construction of the crematorium. When it opens, the facility will reduce the length of journeys many local residents currently face in travelling to a crematorium at what is already a stressful and difficult time."

Mr Doherty added: "The steel signing marks an exciting point of the project and the start of the assembly of the steel frame. The team on site have worked incredibly hard to get to this point and now that the construction works have passed this milestone, we can really start to see the building take shape.

"Throughout the project, Kier has pledged to deliver a range of social value activities to leave a lasting legacy for the local community and we have progress to date with five people progressed into employment, one project initiated apprentice and one educational workshop delivered."

Press Release – February 2022

Find out more about Lelley Fields Crematorium

The construction of Lelley Fields Crematorium has begun near Preston, creating a new facility in the heart of Holderness, and residents are invited to find out more at a series of sessions next week.

This is an exciting project involving the development of the first East Riding of Yorkshire Council-operated crematorium to offer people a fitting and sensitive place to commemorate their loved ones. The innovative design has been led by the council’s building design team in infrastructure and facilities.

Kier Construction started work on site in winter 2021 and are due to complete works early 2023.

The project teams from Kier Construction and East Riding of Yorkshire Council are hosting three sessions to share news on progress, to answer questions and to seek input in future decisions.

The sessions will take place on Monday, 28 February at Preston Community Hall at 5-6pm, 6-7pm and 7-8pm.

Places are limited and residents can book on this website.

Councillor Jonathan Owen, leader of East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “I am pleased that work on a new crematorium has started in Holderness and we have an opportunity to share progress on this exciting project with residents.”

Dan Doherty, regional director at Kier Construction North & Scotland, said: “We are working closely with East Riding of Yorkshire Council to provide this excellent facility for the community.

“It is important that we meet with the local community to share news and ideas.”

Artists impression of the new Lelley Fields Crematorium

Press Release – October 2021

Kier awarded contract by council to build new crematorium in Holderness

Kier Construction has been awarded a contract by East Riding of Yorkshire Council to build a new crematorium in Holderness.

At a meeting on Tuesday, 12 October, the council’s cabinet gave approval to award the contract to Kier to deliver the new £9.6 million Lelley Fields Bereavement Project.

The new state-of-the-art facility will be situated off Lelley Road, near Preston.

This is an exciting project involving the development of the first East Riding of Yorkshire Council-operated crematorium to offer people a fitting and sensitive place to commemorate their loved ones.

The innovative design has been led by the council’s most experienced architect Paul Bird and a well-respected professional building design team in infrastructure and facilities.

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.

Cllr Jonathan Owen, leader of East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “The new crematorium is a much-needed facility for Holderness and will address the unacceptable length of journeys many local residents currently face in travelling to a crematorium at what is already a stressful and challenging time. A more local, rural site will be ideal for the ever-growing population of Holderness.”

Cllr David Tucker, portfolio holder for planning, infrastructure and housing, commented: “A great deal of work has gone into reaching this exciting milestone in the project and I’m delighted that work on a new crematorium in Holderness will begin in the coming months.”

Dan Doherty, regional director at Kier Construction North & Scotland, added: “We are working closely with East Riding of Yorkshire Council to provide this excellent facility for the community. It is important that in such difficult times, those that have lost a loved one have access to the best local amenities they deserve.”

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.

As well as providing a much-needed facility, the development will also support the economy through the creation of jobs and through trade for related businesses.

Proposals for the crematorium received planning permission from the council’s planning committee in February 2021.

Press Release – February 2021

Planning Committee Approves Application for Proposal to Build New Crematorium in Holderness

East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s Planning Committee has approved planning permission to build a new crematorium in Holderness.

The proposals for the new facility, off Lelley Road, near Preston, were considered by the committee at its meeting today (Thursday, 25 February) and is the latest milestone in the project after the business case was approved by the council’s cabinet earlier in the month.

The development will offer people a fitting and sensitive place to commemorate their loved ones, with planned features including a new woodland, a memory walk and other areas for remembrance and celebration.

Further details of the project can be found at www.eastriding.gov.uk/bereavementservices

Councillor Richard Burton, leader of the council, said: “I am delighted that the planning committee has supported this proposal. It is a much-needed facility which will reduce the amount of distance and time residents of Holderness need to travel and will provide the opportunity for their loved ones to be laid to rest closer to where they live.”

Press Release – 13 November 2020

Council Submits Planning Application for Proposal to Build New Crematorium

Following an extensive public engagement exercise this summer, East Riding of Yorkshire Council has submitted a full planning application for a proposal to build a new crematorium in Holderness.

The proposed site of the crematorium, off Lelley Road, near Preston, will provide a much-needed facility in the local area and will also support the economy through the creation of jobs and through trade for related businesses.

The new crematorium would create a site with an environmentally-conscious design and green building principles and will offer people a fitting and sensitive place to commemorate their loved ones, with planned features including a new woodland, a memory walk and other areas for remembrance and celebration.

Councillor Richard Burton, leader of East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “Our extensive research and community consultation has confirmed that the need for a new crematorium in the area is very apparent; a significant majority of respondents to our consultation are in favour of the development of a facility in Holderness because it will reduce the amount of distance and time they need to travel and provide the opportunity for their loved ones to be laid to rest closer to where they live.”

East Riding of Yorkshire Council was keen to involve the local community in the pre-planning stages of the proposal so that local people would appreciate how much focus is being put into creating a much-needed facility with a sense of place at its heart.

The council has carried out extensive pre-planning consultation with stakeholders across a range of media designed to address the restrictions posed by the COVID-19 pandemic on public engagement, to enable maximum reach.

The feedback from the consultation was essential and has influenced changes to the design which has now been submitted within the planning application.

Press Release – 17 August 2020

Council to host consultation events on proposals to build new crematorium in Holderness

East Riding of Yorkshire Council will be holding public consultation events about its proposals to build a new crematorium in the Holderness area, near Preston.


On Tuesday, 25 August, from 1-7.30pm, a drop-in event will be held at Preston Community Hall for anyone with an interest in the proposed development to attend.


Some initial design impressions developed for the proposed crematorium will be on display and representatives from the council will be available to answer any questions.


Due to COVID-19, access to the event will be managed to ensure safe social distancing and visitors will be required to wear face coverings.
On Wednesday, 26 August, at 9.30am and 6pm, and on Thursday, 27 August, at 12noon, people can join a public consultation session to hear from council representatives about the proposed crematorium and ask questions. Due to COVID-19, these events are being held virtually via the online video conferencing platform, Zoom.


The council is also running an online survey to gather feedback on the proposed crematorium development. The closing date for the survey is Sunday, 6 September.


“We are keen to involve the local community in the planning stages of our proposal to build a new crematorium in the Holderness area and would like to encourage people to be involved in the consultation on the proposals in order to capture their feedback and help us develop our vision for the facility,” said Councillor Richard Burton, leader of East Riding of Yorkshire Council.


“The new crematorium would offer numerous benefits to local residents, businesses and communities. It would provide a place for people living in the Holderness area to remember their loved ones, local to where they live, in a beautiful and tranquil facility.”

The initial design impressions, details of how to access the online Zoom sessions and the online survey will be available from Monday, 24 August, and will also be promoted via the council’s social media channels, including Facebook and Twitter.

 

Press Release – 7 July 2020

Council’s Cabinet Approves Proposal to Build New Crematorium

East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s Cabinet has approved, in principle, a proposal to build a new crematorium in Holderness and will now go out to public consultation in July to support the development of a business case.

The proposed site of the crematorium off Lelley Road, near Preston, will provide a place for people to remember their loved ones, local to where they live, and will also support the economy through the creation of jobs and will seek to help address the issue of funeral poverty which affects some of our most vulnerable residents.

The new crematorium would create a site with an environmentally-conscious design and green building principles and will offer people a fitting and sensitive place to commemorate their loved ones, with proposed features including a new woodland, a memory walk and other areas for remembrance and celebration.

Further details of the project can be found at bereavementservices.eastriding.gov.uk

Councillor Richard Burton, leader of East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “The need for a new crematorium became very apparent from the study that was undertaken and established that the benefits of such a project would be substantial for local residents, businesses and communities.

“The site that has been identified should have no detrimental impact on local communities and it is intended that there will be the planting of new trees and the creation of a site that is sensitive to the nature and purpose of what it will be used for.

“We will be consulting fully with local residents, funeral directors and other businesses, between July and September, and hope that people will appreciate how much focus is being put into creating a much-needed facility with a sense of place at its heart.”

The council identified the need for a new crematorium in the area because of the time it takes for people to travel to existing sites from the Holderness area and the impact this has on the bereaved.

Following public consultation, between July and September, a business case will then be developed for consideration by the Council’s Cabinet. If approved, funding will be made available and a planning application will be submitted later this year.

 

Press Release – 29 June 2020

Council Proposes to Build New Crematorium

East Riding of Yorkshire Council is seeking Cabinet approval, in principle, to consult and develop a business case to build a crematorium in Holderness.

The council has identified a need for a new crematorium in the area because of the time it takes for people to travel to existing sites from the Holderness area 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, should the council go ahead with the proposal and subject to consultation and planning approvals, would also help to address poverty for some of our most vulnerable communities.

Councillor Richard Burton, leader of East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “We have conducted a significant study and have established this project offers substantial benefits to local residents, businesses and communities.

“While the study began last year, the recent impact of the pandemic has been a stark reminder of the impact the loss of a loved one has and the importance of the need to say our goodbyes in a sensitive and dignified way.

 “We hope to provide a beautiful tranquil place which reflects the Holderness landscape.  We want it to be a place where people of all ages feel at ease visiting the site, somewhere which help families and friends to celebrate the lives of their loved ones in a positive and hopefully uplifting way. 

 “Our intention is also to help address funeral poverty which affects some of our most vulnerable residents. The build will contain environmentally-conscious features, through its design and the use of technology.

“The site would be run by the local authority for our local communities and so it is essential that we listen to local residents, communities and businesses about what is important to them when attending a crematorium and their aspirations for this site.

“The council’s priorities are to support local residents and businesses, grow the local economy and value our environment and we are confident that this project will contribute to all those goals.”

The proposed site of the crematorium is off Lelley Road, near Preston, in Holderness and it is anticipated that a planning application will be submitted later this year.