North Somerset Council steps up search for new burial ground in Clevedon
PUBLISHED: 12:00 30 August 2017
Tests will be carried out to identify suitable land for a new cemetery in Clevedon amid growing concerns over the 'need' for new burial ground.
North Somerset Council wants to use neighbouring allotments to extend the cemetery in Old Church Road while relocating the allotment space to land off Brookfield Walk.
In an effort to secure the town council-owned allotments, the district authority will arrange for soil testing to be carried out at the Brookfield Walk land to find out if it is suitable to be used as a replacement site.
A North Somerset Council spokesman said: “We are in talks with Clevedon Town Council about the need to find further burial land for the town.
“Our preference is for the town council to release some or all of its allotment land adjacent to the current cemetery on Old Church Road.
“In order to help the town council to consider the release of these allotments we have suggested that some North Somerset Council open space land at Brookfield Walk might be suitable for use as replacement allotments.
“In order to have any possibility of moving these talks forward we have suggested that the North Somerset Council land at Brookfield Walk will need to be tested to see whether it would be suitable for allotment use – not burial – and that the town council’s Old Church Road allotment land will need testing to see whether it would be suitable for burial use.
“No agreement has been reached beyond the principle of allowing the ground investigation tests.”
During a special meeting of Clevedon Town Council, councillors narrowly voted to allow the testing to go ahead.
The limited amount of existing burial ground space is a concern across the district.
Earlier this year, North Somerset Council gave Yatton Parish Council the green light to conduct tests on a possible new cemetery in Mendip Road due to the graveyard at St Mary’s Church being close to full capacity.
St Andrew’s Church in Backwell issued a warning last year about its lack of burial space, while Nailsea Town Council has ended its search for new burial ground due to constraints on all the potential sites.