Nearly 12,000 new burial plots for the city

By on 22/07/2013 in Cllr Ali, News

Plans to provide nearly 12,000 new burial plots at a Birmingham cemetery are due to be presented to cabinet.

Over 19 acres of land at Sutton New Hall cemetery will be developed, creating 11,969 new burial plots and approximately 18 years of burial land.

The £4.95m investment will provide additional capacity needed in the north of the city.

Councillor Tahir Ali, cabinet member for development, jobs and skills, said: “With the potential for new burial sections at both Witton and Handsworth cemeteries being in use within the next five years, the demand for space at Sutton New Hall will increase. At current rates, there is only enough land at Sutton New Hall for 18 months, so it is vital this work takes place, providing burial plots for all communities.”

The plans continue development that began in October 2000 with the appropriation of 40 acres of land in Lindridge Road, Sutton Coldfield for cemetery use. Six acres of the land were developed for burial plots with the remainder let for agricultural use.

Once the 19 acres have been developed for cemetery use at Sutton New Hall, the remainder will continue to be let for agricultural use, with the option to develop it for cemetery use in future.

The development will include new access roads and street lighting and the estimated capital costs will primarily be funded by prudential borrowing over the life of the development.

The report will go to cabinet on Monday 29 July.

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