Work has started on a new crematorium in Wellingborough.
Some preparatory works have already taken place, with the first construction on the 11 acre site near Great Doddington due to begin in late spring.
There’s no doubt this is a facility that people want.Cllr Paul Bell
The £5.5m project was first discussed by councillors back in 2011 and, after extensive research and consultation, detailed planning permission was unanimously granted in January this year.
The crematorium is due to open next summer.
Council leader Paul Bell welcomed the news that construction was starting and said: “We’ve put in a lot of work to get to this stage in the project, and gone into a huge amount of detail to make sure we get it right.
“We’ve consulted with the community and spoken to funeral directors and there’s no doubt this is a facility that people want.
“We were really pleased with the final plans, as we’ll be able to provide a modern building with the latest equipment, but blending into the landscape and set in gardens and woodland, with beautiful views over the valley.
“People in our borough sometimes have to wait weeks for a funeral and I’m delighted that work is starting on this project so that we will have our crematorium up and running next year.”
The cost of the project – about £1.3m for the land and £4.2m for the build – is being paid for out of the council’s capital budget, which is money in the bank saved for large projects that benefit the community.
Capital funds can’t be used by law for the running of day-to-day services, but any income generated from capital projects can help fund related services.
Cllr Bell added: “We set aside the capital budget for this project as it’s not only a service people have told us they want, but because it will also bring in an income.
“We can use this income to help fund our cemetery and burial services, meaning we free up cash to provide other services in the borough.”
The crematorium is being built by construction company Wates, which has committed to using local craftsmen as much as possible.