Head of Environment and Public Realm gave a presentation to the
Committee regarding the future development of Bereavement
noted that, in June 2016, this Committee agreed to submit a
planning application for a pet crematorium and car park expansion
at Vinters Park Crematorium. This was based on a business case
which was prepared prior to the original agreement by Cabinet in
February 2015. A new business case had since been prepared because
it was deemed appropriate to update it according to current market
conditions. Using the data, it was projected that the Capital
payback would be between 7 and a half and 12 years depending on the
level of direct sales achieved, which presented a greater risk
compared to the previous business plan.
Head of Environment and Public Realm advised the Committee on
options that were available to improve the cemetery, for both staff
and the public. In response to a question raised by the Committee,
the Head of Environment and Public Realm assured the Committee that
there was still significant capacity at the cemetery and agreed to
include the future capacity of the cemetery in the business case
when it was presented to the Committee.
Committee considered whether off site storage was an option for
paper records. However, the Head of Environment and Public Realm
advised the Committee that a large number of people came to the
crematorium in order to speak with the Cemetery Officer and view
the records there.
response to questions from Members, the officers explained
·It was the storage area at the Crematorium that
required fire proofing, rather than the records.
·The money allocated in the Capital Programme for the
Pet Crematorium would be carried forward as this project was not
sustainable at this time.
·It was not necessary to refer the issue for capital
funding back to the Policy and Resources Committee.
1.That the Pet Crematorium project be suspended and
reviewed in 2020/21, or sooner if markets dictate or partnership
opportunities can be identified.
2.That Bereavement Services will focus on the delivery
and improvement of its core business.
3.That £220,000 set aside in the Capital
Programme for the Pet Crematorium be
invested in the expansion of the Vinters Park Crematorium car park
and improvements to disabled access.
4.That £30,000 from the Capital Programme
be used for heat recovery from the
cremators and fire proofing the storage area for paper records held
at the Crematorium.
5.That a business case be prepared and presented to
this Committee seeking Capital funding for improvements at
Maidstone Cemetery, specifically the repair and reopening of the
Chapel and the dismantling of the disused Groundsman’s House
and extension of the Cremated Remains Section.