Horden Cemetery to be extended as part of £500,000 project

Major extension works are starting at Horden Cemetery.

The £500,000 loan secured by Horden Parish Council in 2017, from the Public Works Loan Board, financed the purchase of nearly four acres of adjacent farmland with the remainder of the loan funding the development of the extension and improvements to pathways, carriageways and drainage in the existing cemetery.

The views, comments and ideas provided by members of the public have been integrated into the new design, including traditional and green burial options and much improved vehicular and pedestrian access. The extension is expected to provide over 1,500 additional burial spaces.

Isabel Roberts, Chairman of Horden Parish Council said, “Thorpe Road has been a popular location for burials since its opening in 1952, the much welcome extension will provide the capacity for new burials for many years to come. I am pleased that as part of the extension we are also in a position to address some much needed improvements to the existing cemetery”.

The commencement of construction work will inevitably cause some periods of disruption and it may be necessary to close the cemetery during some phases of work such as the pathway renewal. Every effort will be made to keep disruption to users and visitors of the cemetery to a minimum and sensitivity maintained throughout.

Details of the scheme of work, plans and expected closure dates will be displayed in Thorpe Road Cemetery and in the Parish Council Offices based at Horden Social Welfare Centre, Seventh Street, Horden.

The cemetery extension is expected to be completed by October/November 2018.

For further information please contact Horden Parish Council Office on 0191 5180823 or email hordencouncil@btconnect.com