31 August 2012
Salisbury City Council are disappointed to announce that the project to refurbish the Salisbury Crematorium has been delayed. After almost two years of preparation work involving a great deal of consultation with local stakeholders, English Heritage have stepped in with three weeks to go to the start date and decided to give both the building and grounds Grade II Listed status. This has come about as a result of two local residents, who remain anonymous, asking English Heritage to consider listing the facility.
The improvement project is scheduled to take approximately 6 months and will include: increased Car Parking, a new Waiting Room and Foyer, Better Office Facilities, a Clergy room, enlarged and upgraded toilets including a new purpose built DDA compliant facility and new Crematory Equipment.
Leader of the Council, Councillor Jo Broom said, "The delay is of course unfortunate, however we shall be working closely with our planning colleagues at Wiltshire Council to ensure the project can resume as soon as possible.
“The proposal to List the facility came as a complete shock as English Heritage have been aware of the project for some time and made no comments about it when it was considered by the Planning Authority earlier this year. That they can intervene at the request of just two people and at the eleventh hour on a project that has been almost two years in the making and is so obviously needed cannot be right.”