Select Committee on Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs Memoranda

Memorandum by Mr B G Pitt (CEM 119)

  I recently read an article in a daily newspaper reporting your statement on the current situation of cemeteries across the country running out of burial ground, we in this area are in this situation.

  The Local Authority (Labour) are seeking planning permission on land in use as allotments, that is privately owned by a number of land freeholders (plots) (most not cultivated at the moment having been forced out by vandalism).

  I have voiced my concern about this to the planning office pointing out other ways of accommodating this need.

  The land is zoned as farm land and has been used as allotments since the late 1800s and is a prime site in the middle of an urban area.

  The present cemetery is nearby and as the press article indicates there are Victorian graves covering most of the cemetery, and that approximately 50 per cent of present cemetery could be reused.

  Other options are to reclaim derelict industrial sites, of which there are many in Smethwick, and so create a better investment for us all to live in.

  Indeed I would like to see a nice new estate built on this site in preference to dedicating it to the dead. A place to live in and benefit the local area which is already depleted of good building land, in a pleasant area.

  The local area is Labour controlled and I am sure they would welcome any input by your good self.


B G Pitt

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