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Rowley Regis crematorium to get £1.4m refurbishment

Councillors show plans for Rowley Regis crematorium
Image caption The current chapel at Rowley Regis crematorium holds 50 people

Plans have been approved for a £1.4m refurbishment of a West Midlands crematorium including doubling the size of its chapel.

A new incinerator, remembrance garden and footpaths will also be put in at Rowley Regis crematorium in Powke Lane.

Sandwell council said the decision to extend its chapel, to hold more than 100 people, was taken after mourners had to stand outside during services.

Work will begin early next year and will take six months, the council said.

The authority said the crematorium would be closed for services for about four weeks while the work is going on, though cremations would still be carried out.

Services would be held at Sandwell Valley Crematorium in West Bromwich instead, it said.

The crematorium chapel in Powke Lane opened in 1962 inside the original cemetery chapel, which was built in 1921.

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