Durrington Cemetery Extension
Released: Monday, 11 March 2019
Work is set to begin on an extension to Durrington Cemetery as space begins to run out in the existing site.
Room for more than 2,500 new burial and about 1,200 cremation plots are to be catered for a land to the south west of the existing site after extensive environmental impact assessments were completed. This will give the cemetery, which is just off the A24, another 30 to 35 years of capacity.
The existing 37-acre site will run out of new grave space within nine months unless the extension is undertaken. Of the nearly 20,000 burial plots on the site, just 24 lawn graves and 80 traditional graves remain.
The extension to Durrington is the last large-scale available space in Worthing Borough and has the capacity to provide burial space for a further 30 to 35 years.
Work will start this month on the extension, which is already owned by Worthing Borough Council, landscaping the ground and preparing it to receive new burials. It is expected to be ready within six months.
The cost of the extension including site investigation, topographical, archaeological, groundwater and ecological surveys, groundwater monitoring, tree, shrub and grass clearance, ecological measures, and build is more than £900,000.
Since the opening of Worthing Crematorium in 1968, the number of burials taking place in Worthing has declined in favour of cremation, mirroring national trends. In Adur and Worthing only six per cent were burials but this demand still has to be met.
Currently reuse of old graves which would help solve the space problem is only lawful in London and has not been allowed nationwide.
Cllr Edward Crouch, Worthing Borough Council's Executive Member for Digital and Environmental Services, said:
“While the demand for burials has declined we have to find ways of offering this service to our residents and this option is the most sensible.”
“We have carried out a full environmental assessment of the site, on effect on the ground water, wildlife and existing trees and are now happy to start work on this extension.”
A planning application for the Cemetery extension was submitted and approved in May last year.
Photo: Durrington Cemetery
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