A COUNCIL is putting more than half a million pounds into revamping its crematorium.
Kettering Council’s executive committee agreed to put about £500,000 into improving the town’s Rothwell Road crematorium, and a further £76,000 was approved to go towards roof repairs and more parking spaces on Wednesday.
The funding was made available after a consultation found that there was public demand for bigger chapels, better facilities and more parking on the site.
Cllr Alison Wiley, portfolio holder for the improvement programme, said: “It’s somewhat depressing to have to expand the crematorium but we must make sure the facilities are the best we can make them for the people that use them.
“Sadly the crematorium is a very busy place and these are very necessary improvements.
“People who go to funerals should have the best facilities available and I think this is an expensive project, but it is money that will be well spent.”
The council will now approach contractors to carry out the work, which could include refurbishing offices at East Lodge on site for commercial use, and revamping the main building and chapels.
The council has already submitted a planning application and hopes to use the building as a cafe or florist.
A contract has also been awarded to a company to supply two new cremators.
Works to install new emissions control systems started onsite in January and the council found that repairs were needed for the wall and roof of the main building as well as better parking.
The council has said any disturbance from the works to make the improveents will be kept to a minimum.
Cllr Ian Jelley said: “It’s work we need to do to make sure we have the best facilities going forward.”