Burial space work set to begin at Leicester cemetery

Gilroes Cemetery
Image caption Leicester City Council said it was looking at sites suitable for the creation of a new cemetery in the city

Work is set to begin to create more burial space at a Leicester cemetery as part of plans to meet demand over the next century.

The £450,000 city council funded project will form the first phase of a project to extend Saffron Hill cemetery and provide additional space.

The extension is expected to provide enough plots to meet needs for about 10 years.

A new car park and disabled toilet will also be built.

Councillor Piara Singh Clair said: "The extension to Saffron Hill cemetery is essential and the additional spaces it will provide mean that we can confidently continue to provide local burial space for our communities."

The council said it was also trying to identify a suitable site for a new cemetery to ensure future demand can be met.

Work at Saffron Hill will start on Monday and take about four months to complete, the authority said.

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