Bereavement strategy

Article dated Wednesday Jul 4, 2018 at 02:56 PM

A major refurbishment of Oakworth Crematorium and the construction of two new ones for the district will be discussed by Bradford Council’s Executive.

The meeting will also decide whether to extend burial space at Scholemoor Cemetery to provide capacity for the next eight to 10 years.

The new Bereavement Strategy represents an overall investment of £17 million in new services.

Around 3,000 cremations per year are carried out at three crematoria managed by Bradford Council.

The district’s existing six cremators, three at Scholemoor, two at Nab Wood and one at Oakworth, are almost 20 years old and operating four years beyond the manufacturer’s stated working life.

This results in maintenance costs rising in each of the last three years due to their age and the cost of replacement parts.

The report recommends that the Executive approve proposals for two new crematoria to replace Scholemoor and Nab Wood together with refurbishment of the cremator at Oakworth to meet modern mercury filtering standards.

The report says that the new crematoria will also be fitted with mercury filters to reduce emissions by 50 per cent of levels measured in 2003.

Any work carried out to the crematoria will not interfere nor prevent the public from continuing to pay respects to their loved ones within the surrounding cemeteries.

Five sites have been identified as possible locations for the new crematoria and detailed feasibility studies will follow if the Executive gives approval for the overall strategy at a City Hall meeting on 10 July.

The report also considers the availability of burial space and suggests that although there is adequate general capacity within the district at current demand for over 25 years, investment is needed to prepare identified land for the continuation of the Muslim Burial Ground at Scholemoor beyond 2021.

There is currently two to three years of burial space available and the strategy seeks permission to extend this by preparing additional land at Scholemoor.

Coun Sarah Ferriby Bradford Council’s Executive Member for Healthy People and Places, said: “This represents a major investment in services for bereaved families in the district and commitment to provide the best service we can.

“It is important that we invest in future provision to make sure we can continue to provide the professional, caring and flexible service needed by grieving families in the district.”

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