Talks have begun to buy the land needed for a new crematorium in Wellingborough.
The planned new facility has been earmarked for agricultural land to the east of Doddington Road and Wellingborough Council has confirmed that it has entered negotiations to buy the site.
Cllr Paul Bell, leader of the council, said: “The council’s interest in building a crematorium for the borough is well known. We identified a need for this service a year ago and we’ve looked into it in great detail.
“We’ve had a group of councillors dedicated to looking at every aspect of the project, including getting expert advice and visits to other council-run crematoria.
“We’ve looked at everything from equipment and technology, staffing, governance and management, and of course financial viability and community need, and concluded that it is something we should go ahead with.
“In parallel to our own evaluation, a private developer gained planning permission for a crematorium on land to the south of the town, near Great Doddington. At a recent meeting of the council’s resources committee, councillors gave approval for negotiations to begin to acquire this land. If we’re successful, residents can be assured that we will deliver an excellent facility that will really meet the needs of local people.”
Ken Murdin, 90, of Highfield Road, Wellingborough, said: “This is very good news for people in Wellingborough because it will save us all travelling to Kettering.
“It’s a good idea too because Wellingborough’s population is going to get bigger, so a crematorium is definitely needed.”
Mercia Crematorium Developments was granted planning permission by the council in December to build a crematorium off Doddington Road. The council has previously gone on record to say that it would consider partnering a commercial developer.
Between £2m and £4m of the council’s capital reserves will be used to fund the scheme.