Crematorium idea for Kendal area is back on the agenda

SOUTH Lakeland District Council looks set to float the possibility of Kendal getting its own crematorium.

Council leader Peter Thornton says families cremating loves ones can sometimes face an ‘undignified dash’ to Lancaster or Barrow for fear of missing their crematorium slot.

Local funeral directors also support a Kendal crematorium because it can take corteges up to two hours in the tourism season to reach the facilities.

Coun Thornton told the Gazette that the distance in travelling created an ‘artificial break’ in funeral proceedings.

No site has been identified in the town and nor has it been established whether it would be private or council-run.

Coun Thornton said: “I know this is a sensitive and emotive issue and I want to start the discussion.

“The council doesn’t have an agenda and if people say they are happy with the current arrangements we’ll forget it. If they say it’s something we want, we will look into it.”

The idea would need to win backing at a council meeting in February. And if it passes the test there, it would mean officers investigating further.

“My own experience is that a funeral is an emotional rite of passage and an occasion where logistics are important.

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“I’ve seen funeral directors, for the best possible reasons, having to tell mourners outside the church that it’s time to go.”

The Rev Rob Saner-Haigh, of Kendal Parish Church, said if the community wanted a crematorium, he would support it.

“My initial reaction is to say that we have more pressing issues, such as housing and hospital services. However, the present situation can extend a difficult day for people.”

Kendal funeral directors Hayes and Parkinson agreed a crematorium was needed but a spokesman said: “It’s a matter of where they would put it because nobody would want it next to them.”

Alan Williamson, of Co-Operative Funeral Care, which runs businesses in Kendal and Ulverston, said: “Having a local crematorium would be of great benefit to families.”

Paul Caine, of Little and Caine, which has offices in Ulverston, Grange, Dalton and Barrow, said: “The distance is definitely an issue.”

Stuart Cox, of Dignity UK, which runs the crematorium at Lancaster, said that if the council progressed the idea, it was likely Dignity would put in a tender.

It is not the first time the idea of a crematorium for the area has been mooted – a plan raised for land at Sampool, Levens, was turned down by SLDC’s planners in 2006.

A crematorium was also proposed 14 years ago at Gatebeck, Endmoor, but rejected by planners.

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1:05pm Thu 3 Jan 13

boris plasticmac says...

For once Cllr Thornton has come up with a good idea. Perhaps it could be incorporated in the Land Allocations Infrastructure plan due to come out in March.
For once Cllr Thornton has come up with a good idea. Perhaps it could be incorporated in the Land Allocations Infrastructure plan due to come out in March. boris plasticmac

2:23pm Thu 3 Jan 13

Ben Berry says...

boris plasticmac wrote:
For once Cllr Thornton has come up with a good idea. Perhaps it could be incorporated in the Land Allocations Infrastructure plan due to come out in March.
I'm not sure that he came up with the idea. But full credit due for leading on it.

There has been a need for sometime but the council hasn't seemed to be open to it. It looks like this has changed and I would have though a private sector partner will jump at this with the click of a finger.
[quote][p][bold]boris plasticmac[/bold] wrote: For once Cllr Thornton has come up with a good idea. Perhaps it could be incorporated in the Land Allocations Infrastructure plan due to come out in March.[/p][/quote]I'm not sure that he came up with the idea. But full credit due for leading on it. There has been a need for sometime but the council hasn't seemed to be open to it. It looks like this has changed and I would have though a private sector partner will jump at this with the click of a finger. Ben Berry

3:50pm Thu 3 Jan 13

worldsgonemad says...

I just hope that they can identify somewhere this time where nimby's can't have the idea thrown out again. It is a great idea, having to go all the way to Morecambe from some areas is a long journey and on the day you are saying goodbye to a loved one it's just added upset and stress.
I just hope that they can identify somewhere this time where nimby's can't have the idea thrown out again. It is a great idea, having to go all the way to Morecambe from some areas is a long journey and on the day you are saying goodbye to a loved one it's just added upset and stress. worldsgonemad

8:32pm Thu 3 Jan 13

nickjohn says...

Didn't this get discussed some years ago and thrown out due to the "nimby's"......
Didn't this get discussed some years ago and thrown out due to the "nimby's"...... nickjohn

9:00pm Fri 4 Jan 13

BillyL says...

It is about time Kendal had some facilities provided.
A town the size of Kendal and the amount of cash it generates in Cumbria from council taxes demands it is properly provided for in services. The place is a bloody farce.
Wo knows, at some stage we may even have emergency medical facilities available at less than 60 minutes drive one day. Imagine that.
It is about time Kendal had some facilities provided. A town the size of Kendal and the amount of cash it generates in Cumbria from council taxes demands it is properly provided for in services. The place is a bloody farce. Wo knows, at some stage we may even have emergency medical facilities available at less than 60 minutes drive one day. Imagine that. BillyL

3:32pm Tue 8 Jan 13

tictoc1 says...

I think we should be able to have a fully functioning hospital before we have a crematorium.
I think we should be able to have a fully functioning hospital before we have a crematorium. tictoc1

5:22pm Tue 8 Jan 13

itscommonsense says...

tictoc1 wrote:
I think we should be able to have a fully functioning hospital before we have a crematorium.
If we don't get the first, we will definitely need the second.

It's a farce and inhumane that residents in an area the size of the South Lakes have to traipse down to Morecambe for such a basic and essential facility, and at such a distressing time. It's long overdue. Let's hope the nimbys don't scupper it.
[quote][p][bold]tictoc1[/bold] wrote: I think we should be able to have a fully functioning hospital before we have a crematorium.[/p][/quote]If we don't get the first, we will definitely need the second. It's a farce and inhumane that residents in an area the size of the South Lakes have to traipse down to Morecambe for such a basic and essential facility, and at such a distressing time. It's long overdue. Let's hope the nimbys don't scupper it. itscommonsense

6:05pm Tue 22 Jan 13

Gill K says...

I think this is an excellent idea. It can be very difficult and stressful making the journey to Barrow or Lancaster from the central Lakes - getting the timing right, allowing for traffic holdups in the summer, finding the way etc. All this is anxiety provoking and the last thing you want to give your energy to, when the real purpose of your journey is to mourn someone's passing and say farewell.
I think this is an excellent idea. It can be very difficult and stressful making the journey to Barrow or Lancaster from the central Lakes - getting the timing right, allowing for traffic holdups in the summer, finding the way etc. All this is anxiety provoking and the last thing you want to give your energy to, when the real purpose of your journey is to mourn someone's passing and say farewell. Gill K

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