12:10pm Friday 27th September 2013
PLANS to extend a Caerphilly county cemetery and increase the number of burial spaces at the site have moved a step closer after a planning application was submitted.
The proposals to extend Gelligaer Cemetery come after a report identified that there are currently only 50 new graves available within the existing cemetery boundary.
That would provide around 16 months of burial space based on current burial rates.
The scheme to extend the cemetery will be carried out in two phases.
As part of the phase one proposals Caerphilly County Borough Council has submitted a planning application to extend the eastern half of the site.
The application would taccommodate around 770 graves for a further 25 years.
The extension also includes an access road, car parking and internal footpaths.
Land on the western half of the site has also been identified for around 1,090 new graves, but the work is not deemed to be of “immediate concern”.
And it would not be carried out until the required archaeology work and the subsequent reinstatement of the site for use as a cemetery has taken place.
Councillor David Poole, is Caerphilly council’s cabinet member for community and leisure services. He said: “Gelligaer Cemetery has served the local community in a municipal capacity for the last 78 years.
“However there is now a critical need to extend the site to accommodate future burials and alleviate the increased pressure neighbouring municipal cemeteries would face if space at Gelligaer Cemetery was not increased.”
The cemetery is one of 10 council-managed municipal cemeteries throughout the county borough.
It has been in operation since 1935.
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