South Scotland

Berwickshire crematorium construction to begin

Houndwood Church
Image caption Planning permission was given to convert the former church into a crematorium in 2009

Building work is to start later this month converting a former Borders church into a crematorium, it has been confirmed.

Scottish Borders Council gave the green light to the plans at Houndwood Church in Berwickshire almost 18 months ago.

The original applicant West Park has since been bought out by another Edinburgh-firm, the Carlton Group.

It said the company was now in a position to start work on the B-listed building.

Managing director Mark Lamb said: "At the moment people have to travel to Edinburgh and Newcastle for a crematorium so having a facility at Houndwood on the A1 will be a big help."

Once the building work is completed it will be the second crematorium in the Scottish Borders. Another facility is currently under construction at Wairds Cemetery in Melrose and due to open later this year.

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