Work to create more burial spaces at Pitsea Cemetery

Work is due to start later this month to create more burial space at Pitsea Cemetery in Essex.

Some of the cemetery's pathways and roads will be removed to create 150 new burial plots at a cost of £30,000.

At the current rate, the work will create enough space for three years of burials.

Kevin Blake, Basildon Council's cabinet member for leisure and arts, said without the work there would soon be no new burial space at the cemetery.

"The location of the cemetery means that adjacent land is not available to us, so the project we are undertaking will see some of the paths and roadways removed creating around 150 new plots," he said.

The borough currently has three council-run cemeteries. Great Burstead has about 32 years' burial space remaining and Wickford about 20 years.

Hugh Reynolds, manager of parks and ground maintenance, said: "The cemetery will remain open throughout the period that work is being done.

"Although pathways are being removed, access will still be possible and the visual aspect will be improved.

"If anyone has concerns about accessing particular graves then please contact the cemetery office and arrangements can be made."

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