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Work complete on £300,000 cemetery extension

Published on Wednesday, March 21, 2018

A £300,000 project to further extend and improve facilities at Leicester’s Saffron Hill Cemetery has been completed.

The city council-funded project, which began last summer, has created 3,000 additional burial spaces on the former Dorset Avenue playing fields.

Along with the 1,200 new spaces which were created at the cemetery as part of a first phase of work completed in 2015, this new 2.5hectare extension will help provide enough new burial space in the city for at least 20 years.

The latest phase of work has seen the installation of a new road and pathways, new drainage, fencing and seating, along with improved water supply and soft landscaping.

It is part of the city council’s long-term Burial Space Strategy to provide locally-accessible and sustainable burial space over the next 100 years.

Deputy City Mayor Cllr Piara Singh Clair said: “The new extension to Saffron Hill Cemetery will create much-needed new burial space and improved facilities. It has been sympathetically designed provide a dignified and respectful environment for visitors.

“This latest investment in our cemeteries is part of our long term strategy to ensure that we can continue to provide locally sustainable burial space for generations to come.”