Woodhall Spa

A new crematorium and memorial gardens along the Viking Way near Horncastle has been given the go ahead.

Jonathan Crossley’s plans to build the facility off Horncastle Road, in Martin, appeared before East Lindsey District Council’s planning committee on Thursday.

The proposals for the 16-acre site include a chapel, a new pond and a picnic site for users of the Viking Way and Spa Trails, which runs between Woodhall Spa and Horncastle.

Recommending approval, officers said there was evidence of a need for an additional crematorium facility within the district and that the site was an “acceptable location”.

East Lindsey District Council’s planning committee on August 6.

Councillor Stephen Eyre supported the plans. He said: “I was involved with Alford Crematorium when it started, the objections are similar and not very strong.

“One of the knock-on effects of such a place is that people make use of the facilities nearby – the hotels in Woodhall Spa and Horncastle. It livens up the local economy because they need wakes and places to stay.”

A plan for the layout of the site.

The proposals describe the building as an “F” shape which area furthest away from the road and containing the crematory, body receiving area and staff facilities.

The central part would contain the chapel, a covered walkway, an entrance lobby and offices. Between the offices and covered walkway would be a courtyard flower garden.

Councillor Neil Jones said it would be “of betterment” to the existing picnic site, adding: “You can’t necessarily make a crematorium attractive but they are always well maintained and well-kept if you look at other examples in Alford or others that you see.”

Objectors to the site had raised concerns about the access through the picnic site, along with the safety of the B1191 with a “blind bend” nearby.

There were also concerns over a conflict between potential funerals and the tourism aspect of the Viking Way through that area.

The swimming pool at Jubilee Park in Woodhall Spa is one of just three pools in the country to reopen so far.

Jubilee Park’s swimming pool reopened on Saturday, July 11 with new measures in place to ensure social distancing.

Reduced capacity and sessions have been brought in, and the indoor facilities at the pool won’t be open for the time being.

The park previously opened with limited facilities for caravaners on July 4.

Park manager Joe Stanhope said: “Within minutes of the announcement that open air pools could open, phones were ringing and queries poured in on social media.

“It’s been wonderful to welcome members and visitors back to our great new poolside facilities.”

Jubilee Park aim to also get the gym reopened later in July, as it prepares for a full return to business.

Timetables and admission prices for the swimming pool can be found here.

The Kinema In The Woods near Woodhall Spa will reopen on July 10.

It comes after Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s announcement on Tuesday that cinemas could return from July 4 onwards.

The famous building has been open as a cinema since 1922, but was forced into abrupt closure by the coronavirus back in March.

Staff and owners at Kinema In The Woods are now ready to welcome customers back, beginning on Friday, July 10.

A spokesperson for Kinema said: “We have been working closely with the UK Cinema Association who have drawn up guidelines with direction from Public Health England and the UK Government to ensure that cinemas can reopen safely and be COVID-secure.

Hand sanitising pods have been placed around the building. Photo: Kinema In The Woods

“The safety of our staff and customers is of paramount importance and numerous measures have been put in place to ensure this.”

Social distance seating as chairs are taken out. Photo: Kinema In The Woods

These measures include perspex screens at the box office and sales counters, a one way system and the removal of a third of seats from screen one.

A look at the perspex screens put in place. Photo: Kinema In The Woods

Kinema will have limited opening hours and a selection of classic movies running alongside films that were released earlier in the year but couldn’t be aired due to lockdown.

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