PLANS to build a new crematorium to serve the Rugby and Daventry areas and a new cemetery for Rugby have picked up pace with the establishment of a joint committee to oversee the project.
The committee, made up of two elected members from Rugby Borough Council and two from Daventry District Council, will meet for the first time on Thursday this week to agree the project overview and establish some anticipated timescales.
The authorities will combine expertise and resources as both will benefit from the project.
A scrutiny committee of Rugby borough councillors first identified a need and credible business case for a new crematorium as part of a ‘task and finish’ group.
The scrutiny group recommended that a crematorium be built on land at Hillmorton Grounds Farm off Onley Lane, near the border with Daventry District. This site will still be used, although the committee will hear that a different position on the land, using an existing access off Ashlawn Road, may be more suitable for practical, financial and environmental reasons.
The committee will see indicative plans of how the new site could be laid out to provide the necessary facilities, and hear that detailed plans are expected towards the end of July.
Cllr Dr Mark Williams, Rugby Borough Council portfolio holder for the environment, said: “The establishment of this joint committee is an important milestone in this project. The work already completed shows that residents will see many benefits from a council-run cemetery and crematorium close to where they live, and we’re keen to get this facility up and running for their benefit as soon as possible.”
Councillor Alan Hills, Daventry District Council’s Community, Culture and Leisure Portfolio Holder, said: “Presently there are no crematoria in either Daventry District or Rugby Borough so these plans offer the opportunity to create a local facility which is accessible to as wide a range of people as possible.”