Crawley cemetery plan for playing field provokes opposition

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A plan to build a cemetery on playing fields used by sports clubs and dog walkers has provoked local opposition.

Crawley Borough Council said it needed to build the cemetery on Ewhurst playing fields as burial space was due to run out in 2016.

Some local residents have campaigned against the plan and warned that the field regularly floods.

The council said it was carrying out tests on the site and would make a final decision in October.

An online petition has so far attracted 1,400 signatures.

Mick Deacon, who lives opposite the field, said: "It's used by a lot of local people and, as the council has said on their own website, playing fields are more than just sports pitches.

"It's not wanted here - residents do not want it."

Claire Denman, deputy leader of the council, said Ewhurst was not the authority's preferred site, but proposals for development at Gatwick Airport "scuppered" their plans.

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