£157k investment proposed to modernise Lincoln Crematorium

Plans for a major upgrade and modernisation of Lincoln Crematorium are set to be discussed by City of Lincoln councillors.

The crematorium, on Washingborough Road, is owned by the authority and opened in 1968.

The council’s Executive committee is being asked to consider an initial investment of £157,420 from the invest to save budget to bring improvements to the facility.

This would include adding 25 more parking spaces, creating two new entrances and adding folding doors to the chapel to improve access and better serve larger congregations.

As part of the investment, there are plans to upgrade and modernise the building and install a Wesley music system that would enable the recording and streaming of services.

This would also include additional TV screens throughout the crematorium to allow families of the bereaved to be able to display pictures and messages to the congregation during the service.

There are also plans to extend the existing memorial gardens and to allow services to happen later in the day from Monday to Friday.

Steve Lockwood, City Services Manager, said: “The bereavement service we provide is an historical service steeped in tradition.

“We know that central Lincolnshire is set to grow over the next 20 years and it’s important services, particularly those that are there for people at difficult times, remain fit for purpose.

“Any changes to the current service have been thoroughly researched and, if given approval, will be sympathetically and carefully implemented.”

A total of 1,750 services have been held at the crematorium in the last year.

The council’s Executive will consider the proposals at its meeting on Monday, December 14.