Pre-purchasing Wellingborough burial plots banned

Wellingborough Council's Swanspool House
Wellingborough Council's Swanspool House

People will no longer be able to pre-purchase burial plots at Doddington Road Cemetery in Wellingborough.

Wellingborough Council’s community committee agreed an urgent action at a meeting on Monday, March 18.

The move prevents the pre-purchasing of any graves at the cemetery, with the exception of burial chambers.

Families who want to buy more than one grave in order to be buried near to each other will still be able to pre-purchase plots in the burial chamber, located on the lawn and in traditional sections of the cemetery.

The council says it has taken this step in a bid to reduce the pressure on burial space.

Difficulty accessing pre-purchased plots with machinery was also cited as a reason, along with an increased risk of unused grave plots collapsing.

There would also be a financial gain as plots pre-purchased 30 years ago are now worth significantly more – a plot costing £10 in 1981 can now be sold for £336.

Committee chairman Cllr Peter Morrall said some people have moved away from the area after pre-purchasing plots.

He said: “We have plots who have owners, but we don’t know who they are.”