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Application to extend Wantage’s only cemetery
1:00pm Monday 16th September 2013 in News
A PLANNING application has been submitted to expand Wantage’s only cemetery to meet demand for the next 30 years.
Wantage Town Council – which has been seeking extra land for 12 years – is bidding to extend Chain Hill Cemetery by two acres.
Vale of White Horse District Council will make a final decision.
The town council said the cemetery would run out of space in about seven years if permission is not given. About 35 to 40 burials take place each year.
Town clerk Bill Falkenau said: “I think if we hadn’t got the land we would be worrying quite a lot at the moment about how to go forward.
“But this has relieved all of that. We can continue confidently for a long time ahead.
“Although not everyone chooses a burial it is important to a significant proportion of our community.”
The six-space car park would be expanded to 16 spaces.
The land was donated by Wantage’s Smith family, which own farming firm Ben Smith and Sons (Wantage) Ltd and Broadway Motors.
Managing director John Smith, 77, said: “Nobody has cracked dying yet and I don’t think they will.”
He said: “It is important to have a cemetery in the town – several of our family members are buried there.”