Have your say on layout of new cemetery

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Residents, faith groups and community groups are being given the chance to have their say on the layout of Crawley’s new cemetery.

The new cemetery, which will be built at Little Trees near Tollgate Hill, will provide enough burial space for up to 50 years.

Crawley’s existing cemetery – Snell Hatch in West Green – is fast running out of space and will be full in the next few years.

Little Trees is a 12-acre site on council-owned land adjacent to the A264 Crawley South West By-Pass. The site was agreed by Crawley Borough Council in December.

Proposals have now been drawn up showing the location of various types of burials on the site – in phase one and when the cemetery is complete – and the council wants feedback on these plans.

The consultation will run until March 8.

Drop-in sessions have been arranged for Thursday February 19 to ask questions and discuss views with council officers. These events will take place at: Town Hall foyer from 9.30am-11.30am and 2pm-4pm; and K2 Crawley from 5.30pm -7.30pm.

Cllr Colin Lloyd, Cabinet member for Environment, said: “This consultation will help shape the final design of the cemetery before the council applies for planning permission.

“Please tell us what you think of the layout so we can incorporate your views into the final plans.”

For more information on the development of Little Trees into a new cemetery please visit www.crawley.gov.uk/cemetery or email haveyoursay@crawley.gov.uk

Crawley Borough Council had previously earmarked Ewhurst Playing Fields as the best place for a new cemetery.

However, the council backed down after fierce opposition from neighbours including residents of an Ifield retirement home which would have overlooked it.