£108,000 expansion to Northampton cemetery will create 900 extra burial spaces

Councillors Mackintosh and Hallam at Duston Cemetery NNL-150219-153400001
Councillors Mackintosh and Hallam at Duston Cemetery NNL-150219-153400001

A cemetery in Duston will be expanded to create around 900 extra burial spaces to cater for demand over the next few years.

Work is due to begin on the £108,000 expansion of Duston Cemetery to create extra burial plots to ensure there are enough spaces for the needs of the town in the future.

The cemetery in Duston is currently not open for burials but is available for the interment of ashes due to a lack of space.

Around 900 burial spaces will be created by expanding the cemetery into a half acre piece of uncultivated land that runs alongside it.

Councillor Mike Hallam, Northampton Borough Council cabinet member responsible for cemeteries, said: “We estimate that we have enough space in our cemeteries to meet the needs of the town for about the next nine years for burials and 28 years for cremations.

“Like other councils around the country we closely monitor the demand for space across each of our cemeteries.

“We have been looking at what options we have to meet future needs and expanding Duston Cemetery is one option.”

Work to expand Duston Cemetery will include clearing overgrowth, levelling the ground, turfing the area, laying access paths and installing water troughs.

The expansion will cost £108,000 and be paid for out of the council’s capital fund which is allocated for the upkeep and improvement of council owned amenities.

Northampton Borough Council is in charge of seven cemeteries in the town but at the moment only Kingsthorpe, Towcester Road and Dallington are open for burials.

Councillor David Mackintosh, leader of Northampton Borough Council, said: “It is good to see the work to expand Duston Cemetery happening as lots of local residents have contacted me about this and so I am pleased we have sorted this. We still need to see what else can be done though if we are to make sure we are able to meet the future needs of the town.”

Weather permitting, work is expected to take around eight weeks to complete.