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New Northamptonshire crematorium plan considered

A study to consider whether a new crematorium should be built in Northamptonshire to meet growing demand has been given the go ahead.

Wellingborough council's resources committee voted in favour of a £5,000 study to assess where the crematorium could be built and how it could be run.

Councillor Thomas Pursglove said more people were opting for cremation.

"We're keen to provide a service people have told us they want," he said.

Mr Pursglove said that currently 73% of people who die in the UK are cremated.

The crematorium, which is estimated to cost £2m, would be funded from the council's capital reserves, money that is saved for large projects.

Council leader Paul Bell said: "We have done some initial research, spoken to funeral directors and members of the community, and the feedback we have had is that this is a service that people want.

"Not only do we have to find a site and decide what facilities we can offer, we also have to look at equipment and technology.

"[We also need to consider] how we would staff and manage it, what the governance arrangements would be, and come up with long-term financial plans, including looking nearby competition, estimated death rates and so on."

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