Pressure on space for graves at Wellington Cemetery has led to a proposal to create 100 more plots within the grounds by digging up the hard standing area at the centre of the burial ground.
Taunton Deane Borough Council’s Cemeteries and Crematorium Service has requested £23,000 to create space for the plots within the cemetery, enough for the next eight to ten years. Currently, there are just four plots remaining at the site.
A report submitted to TDBC’s scrutiny committee states, “The income generated from this would be upwards of £100,000 for the sale of the graves, memorial rights and interments.
“There would be an opportunity to provide some cremated remains placement options, which would further enhance choice and generate income.
“Having a further 100 graves will allow a continuation of service while further options for land are identified in the Wellington area.”
Cllr Patrick Berry, Deane House, lead councillor for the service, said: “We have plenty of burial places in Taunton, but we’re running out in Wellington. It’s very important to continue the service for the people of Wellington. If we don’t make some extra areas we’ll run out by the end of the year.”