Shropshire

Work begins on new £1.1m Shrewsbury cemetery

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Image caption Mytton Oak Remembrance Park, Shrewsbury, is expected to open in 2014

Work is set to begin on a new £1.1m cemetery and park in Shrewsbury.

The Mytton Oak Remembrance Park, near Mytton Oak Road, will open next spring.

Shropshire Council say the facility will provide burial and recreation space in Shrewsbury for the next 100 years.

Shrewsbury's existing cemetery, on London Road, is due to reach capacity in 2015. Planning permission for the new cemetery was granted in February 2013.

Building work is being carried out by Oswestry-based Pave Aways Ltd, on behalf of Shropshire Council.

The new area's name pays tribute to the Mytton family, who owned large areas of land in the county dating back to medieval times.

Its name was chosen after the council launched a public consultation asking residents to suggest suitable names for the site.

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