Proposal to provide a local crematorium
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1. Providing a local service for bereaved families
The Council is proposing to build a crematorium and memorial garden in the borough after research showed there is a clear need for a more local service for bereaved families.
Currently, Reigate & Banstead residents who wish their loved ones to be cremated must journey to a facility out of the borough, usually to Leatherhead, Crawley or Croydon. The lack of local provision means that bereaved families can experience a long wait for services elsewhere, as well as difficulties finding a convenient time, due to the demand at those facilities. With a growing and ageing population, need is predicted to continue to rise.
We want to provide a high-quality facility that will provide exceptional service and a dignified means by which people can remember their loved ones closer to home.
What is being proposed
Plans are being developed for a modern, discreet, low profile crematorium, set in an attractively landscaped garden of remembrance that complements the surrounding landscape. The design will take account of stringent environmental safeguards and include proposals to manage traffic visiting the site.
The facility will include a ceremony hall that can seat 120 mourners, a waiting room, a flower court, the ability for services to be relayed outside to an undercover area with screens and speakers for large attendances and webcasting technology so that services can be viewed by mourners unable to attend.
It will also have appropriate levels of car parking, including accessible parking spaces, cycle racks and separate provision for horse drawn hearses.
A suitable site has been identified in Woodhatch, located off the Woodhatch Road between Lonesome Lane Recreation Ground and New Pond Farm allotments. The semi-rural location offers a tranquil, quiet and accessible space to enable an appropriate experience for mourners, while also minimising the impact on neighbours.
The Council plans to deliver the facility itself so we have control over its design and running, including service quality, timings, price and management of the site. Our intention is to offer services that are appropriately staggered to give mourners more time to pay their respects.
What would you like to see?
We would like to hear from the local community, religious and humanist organisations and funeral directors on their experiences of the current situation and on what they would like to see as part of our proposals prior to us submitting a planning application.
To share your views, please email [email protected]. Residents without internet access can write to Woodhatch Feedback, Greenspaces, Reigate & Banstead Borough Council, Town Hall, Castlefield Road, Reigate RH2 0SH. The deadline for comments has been extended from Sunday 1 November to Sunday 8 November, to allow more time to feedback following the consultation event.
Thank you to everyone who attended the online consultation event on Thursday 29 October 2020 (in light of Covid-19 restrictions preventing face to face engagement) where the Design Team explained more about the proposed development and answered questions. The presentation and answers to questions submitted will be shared on our website in due course, oncce answers to the additional questions received have been collated.