The existing cemetery on Boston Road is nearly at capacity. There are only enough free grave spaces remaining to last approximately 2 years.
The Town Council has purchased the field adjacent to the Horncastle Community Woodland off Scrivelsby Road and has been granted planning permission to change the land into a new burial ground. This will give provision for full burials, ashes burials and a green burial area.
It is anticipated that the new cemetery will have enough grave spaces to serve the community for at least 200 years.
All the work that has been carried out to date, including the purchase of the field has been paid for by the Council’s Capital Reserve, but there are insufficient capital reserves to complete the work to create a new cemetery, which includes:
- Creating a Woodland Driveway and internal parking area
- Constructing a cemetery store and toilet building
- Resurfacing the main entrance car park
This work will cost in the region of £110,000. The Town Council is proposing to seek a loan for this amount to be repaid over 50 years. This will be fixed rate loan and the current rate of interest is around 2.5 – 3%. The cost of the loan repayments has been included in the Town Council’s 2019/20 budget, up to £5,000 has been allowed, but if approved, the future loan repayment method will be agreed by the new Council who will be elected in May. Repaying the loan over 50 years will enable the cost of the new cemetery to be shared with future residents of the town, rather than current residents bearing the financial burden.
We are consulting with residents about the Town Council borrowing money, so please could you complete the form below (if you would like to download and print off a form please click this link, and post the completed form at the HTC office) :
The deadline for submitting forms is Friday 31st May. The decision on whether to apply for borrowing approval will be made at the Town Council meeting on 11th June.