West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has been to inspect for herself the works that could signal the development of a desperately needed new cemetery and crematorium in West Lancashire.
Currently significant ground works are under way at the Pippin Street site, which has planning permission for a cemetery and crematorium. It appears as if an access road off Pippin Street into the site is under construction.
MP Rosie has been campaigning for several years for new burial grounds in West Lancashire. Due to the lack of burial plots many families in the borough are being forced to lay their loved ones to rest in neighbouring areas, such as Liverpool, St Helens and Southport. Doing so can come at an increased cost placing an unfair financial burden on families.
There are also the difficulties of travelling to these burial grounds in terms of cost and the availability of public transport services.
MP Rosie said:
“For many years I have been actively campaigning for desperately needed cemetery and crematorium provision in West Lancashire to ease the emotional, financial and logistical burden if loved ones are buried outside of the area.
“I know how upsetting these circumstances can be from speaking to constituents. Friends of mine that have passed away have had to be buried outside the area and I know how hard this can be for their families.
“Over the years I have campaigned for new burial grounds thousands of West Lancashire residents have written to me, signed petitions and spoken to me on the need for local burial plots. I know that they will welcome this progress if it is to be a new cemetery and crematorium.
“Currently I am making enquiries to confirm the nature of these works, which are long awaited.
“At the earliest opportunity I will be seeking a meeting with the operators to discuss their plans and various issues, such as the provision of public transport to make sure residents from across the Borough can access this site.”