West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper was given a guided tour of the new cemetery and crematorium at Pippin Street in Burscough by Richard Evans, Managing Director of Westerleigh Group, the site owners.
MP Rosie has been campaigning for several years to secure new burial ground provision in West Lancashire. Due to a 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 additional financial burden on families.
There are also the difficulties of traveling to these burial grounds in terms of cost and the availability of public transport.
MP Rosie said:
“I am delighted that a company with the experience and record of Westerleigh Group is delivering this desperately needed cemetery and crematorium provision in West Lancashire.
“I thank Richard for inviting me down to the site and for taking the time to show me the plans for the site which will guarantee enough burial plots for the next 200 years.
“It is great to see the new Pippin Street site taking shape and that it will be open from January 2016. For local families this means they will now have the option once again to lay their loved ones to rest here in West Lancashire.
“A cemetery at Pippin Street will begin to ease the emotional, financial and travel burdens families have faced when a loved one is buried away from West Lancashire.”
Westerleigh Group’s Managing Director, Richard Evans said:
“It was a pleasure to meet West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper and give her a tour of the site.
“For us at Westerleigh Group we are delighted to be on site and pressing on with the construction of the new facilities. We understand from speaking to local people just how important this new cemetery and crematorium will be for West Lancashire residents due to very little available burial space and no crematorium of their own.
“We take our role in the community very seriously and understand how important it is to ensure that our state of the art facilities are matched with equally high levels of care for the bereaved and their families.”
The crematorium will have a sympathetic rural design with the building finished in stone and cedar panelling to ensure that it blends into the rural landscape. Of the 40-acre site, initially 15 acres are being developed for the crematorium and cemetery, starting with 2.5 acres for the cemetery providing space for 2000 graves.