July 11, 2019 2.32 pm This story is over 57 months old

Upgrade plan for Lincoln Crematorium set for green light

The plan would breathe new life into the facility

A plan to breathe new life into Lincoln Crematorium looks set to be given the green light.

The proposals by City of Lincoln Council will look to make the service “more welcoming” and “enhance” the appearance of the 50-year-old building as part of a refurbishment scheme.

The two-phase plan is set to go before councillors for formal planning approval next week.

As part of the plan, the facility would be cladded on the outside and surrounded by “pleasant, calming” grounds.

A book of remembrance area, 81 car parking spaces and a new rose garden are included in the proposals to create a place of quiet reflection to remember loved ones.

The building would undergo a complete transformation.

Meanwhile, further plans would also see a new chapel built on the Washingborough Road site to the east of the existing crematorium.

The council said the second building would cater for up to 50 people and have its own cremator.

City councillors have been recommended to approve both plans at a planning meeting on July 17.

Council leaders on the authority’s executive gave initial approval for the proposal back in March 2019 ahead of formal planning approval.

This is what the crematorium looks like currently.

Council leader Ric Metcalfe told councillors during the meeting: “This is a service that everybody uses and they expect, quite rightly, that the council will get it right.

“That’s why historically we have had a lot of attention to the service. What we offer at the moment is good, but this service will take it to another level.”

He said they wanted to raise the quality and standard of the crematorium both inside and out.

“It’s an investment that’s money very well spent and the public will welcome it,” he added.

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