Consultation to be held ahead of planned improvements to Darlington Crematorium

Consultation to be held ahead of planned improvements to Darlington Crematorium

Darlington Crematorium

Residents and businesses are being invited to have their say on the planned improvements to Darlington Crematorium.

In October 2019, Darlington Borough Council’s Cabinet discussed plans for a new chapel and refurbished crematorium in West Cemetery on Carmel Road North.

Ahead of the planning application being submitted, a consultation drop-in event has been organised for people and businesses to register their views.

The event will take place at the Dolphin Centre on Thursday, November 7th, 2019, between midday and 7pm.

Councillor Paul Howell, Cabinet member for Leisure and Local Environment, said: “This consultation drop-in event is an ideal opportunity for anyone with an interest in this project to come along and find out about the initial proposals.

“We have chosen to run it through to 7pm in the evening, to allow people to come along after work if they wish.

“For anyone who is unable to attend this event for whatever reason, but would still like to comment on the plans, this can be done through the council’s website.

He continued: “What we are proposing would see a modernisation of the crematorium service, at the same time as replacing ageing plant and equipment.

“One area a number of local residents have already spoken to me about is the proposal to create a through-road to Pond Field close, exiting onto Salutation Road, creating a one way system.

“It’s important to note that this would not be used by all vehicles leaving the cemetery and some would continue to exit via Carmel Road North.

“I would encourage people to come along to the event to find out exactly what is being suggested and let us know what they think.”

Darlington Crematorium was opened in 1901 and the town is one of the first places in the country to have such a facility.

Work on the planned improvements could begin as early as April 2020 and be completed by March 2021, subject to planning permission being granted.

Anyone who is not able to attend the consultation drop-in can email their comments to up until Thursday, November 21st, 2019.

The proposals will be available to view online the day after the consultation event.

Source: Darlington Borough Council