Humberside

Grimsby crematorium energy sale 'could raise cash'

Grimsby Crematorium Image copyright Jonathan Thacker
Image caption Heat from Grimsby Crematorium could be sold to make money, one councillor has suggested

Energy created by Grimsby Crematorium could be sold back to the National Grid as part of a money-making scheme, it has been suggested.

Cleethorpes councillor Matthew Brown raised the idea at a meeting of the authority's scrutiny panel.

He linked the idea to the recent deaths of David Bowie and actor Alan Rickman, The Grimsby Telegraph reported.

North East Lincolnshire Council said it had "nothing to add" to Mr Brown's suggestion.

Speaking to BBC Radio Humberside, Mr Brown said the idea had been trialled in Sweden and Durham and could boost the council's funds if successful.

'We could be heroes'

He said: "It's a sensitive subject... but if it turns out to be an effective solution, then it's something I think not only we should be looking at, but other authorities across the country."

Mr Brown told the meeting that - following the deaths of the stars - the council should consider making money from the energy created by the crematorium.

The council's chief executive Rob Walsh said the authority could look into the idea of selling heat energy, but not specifically from the Weelsby Avenue site.

Continuing the reference to Bowie, he added: "If we look into it successfully we could be heroes just for one day."

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