No more burial space in Nailsea

PUBLISHED: 12:00 29 October 2015

Holy Trinity Church in Nailsea.

Holy Trinity Church in Nailsea.

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People can no longer be buried in Nailsea when they die due to a shortage of burial plots in the town.

Christ Church in Nailsea.Christ Church in Nailsea.

Holy Trinity Church is in the process of closing its churchyard as it is full and Christ Church has been closed for a number of years.

Nailsea Town Council has been searching for a site for a new cemetery in the town for more than 20 years but has been unable to find anywhere suitable.

Unless people have already purchased a plot, they now cannot be buried anywhere in the town.

Nicola Davey, director at Arthur Davey and Sons funeral director, said: “We had a funeral recently where they wanted to go into Holy Trinity and we had to say they couldn’t.

“The next time someone is adamant they are going to be buried in Nailsea we are going to experience problems.

“There is no space in Nailsea to be buried unless you’ve got an existing plot.

“They can’t just go in a different church, you have to live in the parish or have a very good reason as to why you can be buried there.

“I expect it will upset a lot of people.”

People can have their cremated remains scattered at Holy Trinity Church or Christ Church, but town leaders fear the lack of burial plots may upset people in Nailsea who would like to be buried in the town they have lived in.

Town council clerk Ian Morrell said: “It’s a concern, especially for older people. The proportion of older people wanting to be buried rather than cremated is quite high.

“It’s been a problem for a number of years but the town council has not been able to find another suitable site.”

“We did some surveys on some land nearby a number of years ago, but the council has now exhausted all possible sites.”

Revd Tony Roake, rector at Christ Church in Nailsea said: “We’d love to help people but we can’t. We’ve got no land around us where burials can take place. We’ve got no fields we can extend into.”

Land must fulfil a number of criteria to become a cemetery and surveys are carried out by the Environment Agency to determine if a site is suitable, because otherwise groundwater could be contaminated.

An agency spokesman said: “Clear plans are needed to ensure the maximum availability of alternatives to burial.

“If large new cemeteries are necessary then we encourage planners to identify areas of land that will not threaten groundwater or other water supplies.”

A number of towns and villages are facing similar issues including Yatton which is expecting to run out of plots within two years.

But the parish council withdrew its application for a new burial site and allotments south of Mendip Road after fears were raised by the Environment Agency about potential contamination.


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