New Burial Land
New Burial Land
Anyone visiting the cemetery on Boston Road recently may have noticed that there are not many vacant grave spaces remaining, and for this reason the Town Council has been working hard to create a new cemetery for the town.
Town and Parish Councils do not have a legal obligation to provide burial land for residents, so the Town Council could simply close the current cemetery when it is full which would mean that Horncastle residents would have to be buried outside the parish. However, Horncastle Town Council understands the importance of having a cemetery within the town, and has been working hard to ensure that when the current cemetery is full, town residents can continue to lay their loved ones to rest within Horncastle.
In August 2018 the Town Council purchased the field to the rear of the Community Woodland off Scrivelsby Road, and work has started on developing the field into a new cemetery. Planning permission for change of use to a burial land has been granted, trees have been removed to create access to the land, a fence has been erected around the Northern and Eastern boundaries and a new hedge planted, the land has been flailed and the ditches have been cleared.
The Council has selected a Contractor to work with to carry out the following work:
- To create a Woodland Driveway and internal parking area
- To construct a Cemetery store and toilet building
- To resurface the main entrance car park
This work will cost in excess of £100,000.00. During April and May this year the Town Council consulted with the community on applying for borrowing approval to get a loan to pay for the work; and the result of the vote was overwhelmingly in support of the Council submitting an application to the Secretary of State for the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (90% in support).
The Town Council has submitted an application to the Secretary of State to borrow £110,000 to be repaid over 50 years, and if approved a loan will be taken out with the Public Works Loan Board (PWLB). PWLB is a statutory body that issues loans to local authorities, and other specified bodies, from the National Loans Fund. Interest rates from the PWLB are fairly low.
In total it is anticipated that the new cemetery will cost £177,370.11, which includes the cost of the land and the work which has already been completed which has been paid for from the Town Council’s Capital Reserve.
It is anticipated that the new cemetery will have enough grave spaces to serve the community for at least 200 years, so repaying the loan over 50 years will enable the cost to be shared with future residents of the town; and when the loan is repaid there will still be plenty of space remaining in the cemetery.
The Town Council is planning to offer a green burial section in the new cemetery so that trees can be planted in the place of headstones, and there will also be a pond to attract wildlife.