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Ground-breaking ceremony at new crematorium site

Last Modified March 07, 2022
The start of construction of a new crematorium which will serve the needs of Hertsmere residents and those in neighbouring areas has been marked with a ground-breaking ceremony.

The ceremony, held at the site in Hemel Hempstead, was attended by members of the West Herts Crematorium Joint Committee (WHCJC) and council leaders, representing Hertsmere Borough Council and the four other local authorities* involved in delivering the project.

The facility will be a sister-site to the current West Herts Crematorium in Garston, Watford and is being developed to provide additional capacity in the West Hertfordshire region. Work started on the site in November last year and is expected to be completed by early Spring next year.

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Pictured left to right are Cllr Aga Dychton, Watford Borough Council; Cllr Sarah Nelmes, Leader of Three Rivers District Council; Cllr Andrew Derek Williams, Leader of Dacorum Borough Council; Cllr Anne Swerling, Hertsmere Borough Council; Cllr Terry Douris, Dacorum Borough Council; Cllr Anthony Rowlands, St Albans City and District Council and Cllr David Major, (Chair of the Joint Committee), Three Rivers District Council.

Hertsmere Borough Councillor Seamus Quilty, Portfolio Holder for the Environment, said: “Work on this important new facility for the borough is really continuing at a great pace and I’m delighted to see that representatives from across the West Hertfordshire were able to come together to mark this milestone moment for the project.

“Ensuring a person is laid to rest in a timely, peaceful and life-affirming manner and that families have a chance to grieve and be together is a priority for us, as a council.

“This project means everyone will have the space and time to remember and commemorate their loved ones in the best way for them.”

Featuring a remembrance chapel that sits within extensive landscaped grounds on land adjacent to the new Poppy Fields cemetery at Bedmond Road by Bunkers Park, the new crematorium in the area will reduce the time that families have to wait to schedule a funeral for a loved-one.

It will also enhance the quality of service provided to bereaved families by increasing service times from 40 to 60 minutes so there is more time for individual ceremonies.

West Herts Crematorium Joint Committee, which includes representatives from all of the local councils in the area, and oversees the management and the operation of the existing crematorium in Garston will also manage the new facility.

It will operate on the same basis as the existing crematorium with services running Monday to Friday and general enquiries on Saturdays.

* The four other local authorities are Watford Borough Council, Three Rivers District Council, St Albans City and District Council and Dacorum Borough Council.

Posted on Monday 7th March 2022

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