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Plans For New Cemetery Sites In Scarborough Borough

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Published by the Yorkshire Coast Radio News Team at 6:03am 8th March 2018.

Scarborough Borough Council is looking to expand cemeteries in three of the main towns. 

It's as the current cemetery sites at Larpool in Whitby, Woodlands in Scarborough and Lawns in Filey are expected to reach full capacity in the next seven years. 

Dean Road Cemetery in Scarborough has already reached full capacity. Larpool and Woodlands cemeteries are directly managed by the borough council but Filey Town Council are responsible for the Lawns cemtery. 

In Whitby, a patch of land is being considered for a future cemetery site to the south of the Abbey, on Green Lane. 

However, there could be problems in developing the land on the site due to potential archaeological finds on the English Heritage site. 

Land in Scarborough is being considered to the north west of the existing Woodlands cemetery site. 

However, this site has been labeled as high risk due to the likely presence of ground water within five metres of the surface. 

It would result in an expensive solution to mitigate against flooding involving surface drainage.

The report discussed at a recent Overview and Scrutiny Board has provided two possible options at a cost of £691,000 and £976,000.

In Filey, a patch of land to the south of the existing Lawns cemetery site. 

Jonathan Bramley is the Environment and Regulation Manager at the borough council, he said:

"One of the sites in Whitby is just south of English Heritage's site at Whitby Abbey and because of that, there may be some archaeological finds that haven't yet been uncovered.

If that takes place, it might become a costly option because we'll need to have a full archaeological scheme in place.

If we go with the site at north of Woodlands in Scarborough, then we'll have to put some proper drainage facilities in place, which obviously will cost money.

We haven't yet had final figures for those but hopefully sometime later this year we'll be able to report more confidently about costs and where we look to potentially build cemeteries in the future."

Listen to more of what Jonathan had to say here:

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