Date published: 27 September 2017
Artist's impression of the crematorium
More than 80 residents dropped into Lea Village Hall to check out the new designs for a crematorium planned for the district.
As previously reported, West Lindsey District Council is consulting on plans to develop a crematorium in the village of Lea.
The council has been aware of the lack of crematorium provision within the district and has been conscious of the distances residents have to travel at a very sensitive time.
To compound this, there are often long waiting times for services and cremations to be held.
Paul Hawitt, 66, Lea resident welcomed the proposals said: “I had to wait 6 weeks for a service for one of my family members after they had passed away because the crematorium was so busy. We almost had to travel to the crematorium in Ollerton. The area will benefit from this crematorium project.
“Cremation is becoming ever popular and we are lacking space in the cemeteries. The majority of comments from residents have been in favour of the crematorium – people are very excited!”
Artist impressions, showcasing the interior and the exterior of the crematorium were on display for residents to see.
Frank Powell, 74, who lives in Lea described the plans as ‘very modern’. He added: “It is very up-to-date and it will do a lot of good for the undertaker business in the area. “It is very much needed and will save on travelling costs to Scunthorpe and Lincoln. However, you need to also develop a cemetery as we are running out of space.”
Mrs Christine Hailes, 62, who lives in Kexby said it was good to see the plans. She said: “The gardens of remembrance will be beautiful, and this project is necessary for Lea. Other crematoriums are just not in an ideal location so having the crematorium here in Lea is vital.”
The consultation event was held at Lea Village Hall between 3pm and 7pm on September 19.
Cllr Jeff Summers, Leader of the council attended the drop in session. He along with another members of the council and officers were on hand to answer any question.
He said: “I understand we have had about 85 people through the door, which is a really good turn out and the majority of them seem very pleased. Having seen the designs I believe it is first class, fresh and excellent. The crematorium based in Lea will make sending goodbyes to their loved ones easier.”
The consultation period is open until October 15. If you wish to submit your feedback on the proposed scheme, please visit: www.west-lindsey.gov.uk/gainsboroughcrematorium.
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