Memorandum by Whitchurch Parish Council
With reference to your Press Notice and my recent
telephone conversation, Whitchurch Parish Council would like to
make the following comments in response to some of the questions
1. The Condition of existing cemeteries:
2. Long-term planning for new cemeteries
and burial space.
3. The funding and economic viability of
cemeteries, including funding from National Lottery distributing
Whitchurch Parish Council's cemetery was opened
in 1952, and the Council have been taking steps to investigate
the possibility of extending its cemetery since January 1995,
and have accumulated an extensive file on the actions which have
taken place over the years.
First of all there is agricultural land on one
side of the existing cemetery and a pony paddock on the other
side, with ease of access to either from the existing cemetery.
The investigations which have taken place so far include:
Grant FundingInvestigating mains services
in the adjacent fieldsContacting the land owners of both
sides for possible purchase of additional landDistrict
Valuations on adjacent landsenquiring about the Water Table
Level of adjacent fieldsObtaining the services of an Architect
to assess and report on the two options of adjacent fields, preparing
and submitting applications for planning approval, and development
of the site, together with proposed layout of gravesLetters
and contact with the owners of the adjacent sites to establish
possible purchase of land for extension. However, neither land
owner wished to sell the land at this time, and investigations
have taken place with B&NES to establish whether to start
a Compulsory Purchase Order to obtain land. However, the Parish
Council decided against a CPO having established that this would
be a costly exercise.
With the difficulties experienced, the Whitchurch
Parish Council would like to look for Lottery funding from the
National Heritage Trust, to defray the anticipated high costs
involved. Can you render any assistance in this respect.
We hope that this information will prove useful
towards the Inquiry on Cemeteries, and very much look forward
to receiving a copy of the report which is being carried out on
a National basis.
C L Broad
Clerk to the Council