Images released of proposed crematorium off Ashlawn Road in Rugby

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RUGBY Borough Council and Daventry District Council have released artists’ impressions that show how a proposed new crematorium might look.

The councils have been working together to develop plans for the facility, which has been designed to address a shortfall in cemetery space in Rugby and a need for a crematorium in the Rugby and Daventry area.

The artists’ impressions show how the crematorium building could look, and how it may fit into the landscape of the Rainsbrook Valley, off Ashlawn Road in Rugby.

Cllr Dr Mark Williams, Rugby Borough Council portfolio holder for sustainable environment, said: “We know from our community engagement meetings and from other feedback that our land off Ashlawn Road is well used and appreciated by the community, even though there is currently no right of access. Our plans will open-up this land for community use even further, while the building itself will respect and complement its environment.

“If given the go-ahead, the crematorium will sit in the surrounding landscape, making it almost invisible from the north and unobtrusive from the south. It will be a quality building in a restful environment, making it a fitting place to remember loved-ones.”

Councillor Alan Hills, portfolio holder for community, culture and leisure at Daventry District Council, said: “These artists impressions give agood feel for how this development would fit within the exiting surroundings.

“We’ve identified an urgent need for a facility like this as people from Daventry district currently have to travel as far as Northampton and Banbury, so we are confident this will bring huge benefits to all our residents.”

The crematorium and cemetery have been proposed in response to a Rugby Borough Council task group report, written with cross-party involvement. The report identified that most bereavements now result in a cremation rather than internment, but that the nearest crematorium involved a thirty-mile round trip. It also highlighted a need for new burial space within the borough.

A planning application for the proposed cemetery and crematorium has been submitted on behalf of Rugby Borough Council and Daventry District Council, who are the project’s promoters. The application will be determined on its merits by a meeting of Rugby Borough Council’s Planning Committee, to be held on 26 September 2012.