Millom residents asked for views on cemetery extension

People in the Cumbrian town of Millom are being asked to comment on plans to extend its cemetery because of fears it will run out of space.

Copeland Borough Council believes the solution is to take over a disused section of Millom Park next door.

Meanwhile, the cemetery at Ireleth near Barrow could be full within six months, council officials have confirmed.

They hope they will be allowed to reuse some of the oldest graves.

In Millom, the local authority - in partnership with the town council and St George's Church - is working on a plan to create a cemetery extension from a disused corner of Millom Park next door.

Reinter older remains

The new site would be accessed via the existing route to the rear of St George's Church. The proposals include new footpaths and vehicle access and turning point.

A drop-in session is being held in Millom Guide Hall on St George's Road from 16:00 - 18:00 GMT.

Peter Kane, Copeland cabinet member with responsibility for the environment, said capacity could be reached within three years.

He believes the "most straightforward solution" is to build an extension next door on an overgrown area of the park.

In Ireleth, officials at Barrow-in-Furness Borough Council hope to reinter some of the graves which are more than a hundred years old, do not have headstones and contain the remains of people who no longer have connections in the community.

The remains would be reinterred at a deeper level with new graves on top.

St Peter's Church officials are due to make a decision in February and the new system could be in place next summer.

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