Open and reasoned debate on this important issue is necessary but it is unhelpful to base that debate on the simple dismissal of funeral directors' submissions as absurd or all private groups that develop and operate crematoria
as commercial opportunists.
At that time, the company signed a conditional sale and purchase agreement to acquire five crematoria
currently operated by Funeral Services Limited (trading as Co-op Funeralcare) for total consideration of GBP 43m (USD 57.52m), to be satisfied in cash upon completion.
Developments Ltd had submitted an application for a crematorium with associated landscaping, access and car park.
Mercia said that current cremator widths in the nearest crematoria
at Durham and Darlington are 31 inches and 30 inches respectively, while in new Bishop Auckland building the width would be 43 inches.
"So far this year we have had two cases where the choice of crematoria
has been limited because of the size of the deceased.
'People are currently waiting between 10 and 14 days to get into crematoria
at Coychurch or Thornhill, which is unacceptable.
are estimated to be responsible for up to 16 per cent of all UK emissions of mercury - caused by dental fillings.
"Meeting environmental targets for crematoria
from 2012 has meant local authorities have also had to fit expensive abatement equipment over the last few years.
The work will bring the crematorium into line with new environmental legislation which requires existing crematoria
to be fitted with mercury abatement equipment by the end of this year to ensure that 50% of all cremations carried out are subject to abatement.
The Council naturally sympathises with the views of local people, but is confident that the availability of the crematoria
at Saltwell Park and Mountsett will still provide accessible and appropriate facilities for the borough.
Earlier this week, protesters said developers Mercia Crematoria
should not get rich at the expense of the "special landscape."
The crematorium plan comes a week after the Vale of Glamorgan council's planning committee rejected a scheme by Crematoria
Management Ltd to build a crematorium, cemetery, gardens and remembrance book chapel on land the A48 near St Nicholas.
The North's crematoria
will have to take action to cut soaring pollution levels from metal fillings by half over the next seven years.
He said: 'I dread the summer nights as vandals seem to be attracted to our cemeteries and crematoria
to carry out wanton vandalism.