The following information has been received from WDC with regards to the progress on the Crematorium works, and they have asked for us to share this with you:
I am pleased to tell you that we continue to make good progress with the crematorium and that we are on course to complete the buildings, roads, car parks and landscaping by Christmas or soon after. The crematorium will be open for services early in 2019.
You may have noticed that work to the main entrance on the A267 has been paused. This is because we are having to wait for South East Water and SGN to relocate their water and gas mains that run across the entrance (they were previously unaware of their location). Once this is completed work will then recommence on the entrance, and the traffic island and bus stop etc. will be installed. SGN has indicated that traffic lights will be required on the A267 for an additional three week period in early October.
It is planned to arrange an Open Day in the Spring to give members of the public a chance to look behind the scenes and speak to the staff who work there. Going to an Open Day at a crematorium may seem an unusual thing to do, but we have been told that this has been very well received at other crematoriums. It will provide a unique opportunity to ask questions and find out more and also to explore the many myths about cremation.
We have had one or two enquiries about the drone that we fly over the site once each month. This is used to capture footage of the work as it proceeds and is then published via our webpage. We know that many local residents and others with an interest in the project find it useful to see how the work is progressing.
The drone is operated in accordance with and bound by the requirements of the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) permit issued under the Air Navigation Order 2016. Collection of any images of identifiable individual etc is avoided and its use is covered by the Council's public liability insurance.
As an additional precaution posting the drone footage on the crematorium's webpage is always delayed for at least 4 weeks to protect the security of the site.
Finally, Baxall Ltd, the main contractor, participates in 'The Considerate Contractors' scheme with assessments undertaken from time to time by an independent inspector. The July report records that the site has scored excellent or exceptional for all five criteria - appearance, community, environment, safety and workforce. Excellent scores and a credit to the Site Manager and his team.
The Council has just embarked on a consultation exercise regarding the Crematorium Regulations it plans to introduce. You will receive a separate email about this in the next day or two.
We hope that you found this update of interest.
Programme Support Manager