December 5 2013 Latest news:
Thursday, October 24, 2013
Firmed up plans for a new £3m crematorium at Cromer should be lodged next month.
Developers hope to get permission in the spring and have the new facility on the edge of the town operating by the end of 2014.
Scores of people have visited a public consultation about the plans, which ends tomorrow, Friday.
The company behind the scheme, the Westerleigh Group, will then take public comments on board when preparing their final plans.
Royna Hill, who runs the company’s West Suffolk crematorium in Bury St Edmunds said people were generally in favour, but there were concerns over traffic and emissions - as there often were ahead of such schemes.
The Cromer site, at the back of the cemetery off the A148, would handled 800-900 services a year. There was an average of 18 cars at each service, but not all arriving at the same time.
Emissions were clear vapour because of the hi-tech equipment demanded under strict environmental regulations, she added.
The cemetery chapel would have seats for 85 to 100 people and standing room for another 100 to 150.
Town planner Tom Lambshead from agents Strident Treglown said the company would provide detailed assessments on issues such as traffic, trees and archaeology when it submitted its plans.
Cromer Town Council owns the land which would be leased to the company, providing an income stream for local projects said mayor David Pritchard.
People have voiced concerns - including the Steps for Safety Group which was campaigning for a roundabout on the road - but most people were very keen on it as it would save long journeys to St Faiths’.
The consultation exhibition has its final day on Friday from 10am to 1pm. It is at Cromer Town Council’s North Lodge chamber, where there are forms for people to air their views.