Refurbishment and development of Yeovil Crematorium approved by Councillors

The refurbishment and redevelopment of Yeovil Crematorium was approved by Councillors at South Somerset District Council's (SSDC) June Full Council meeting.

The redevelopment scheme when completed will provide improved facilities for families and mourners and will include additional services to those currently provided. The refurbishment will enable the Crematorium to meet the highest modern environmental standards.

Yeovil Crematorium was built in 1970 and with the expectation that the existing cremators would soon need replacing it was decided to review the facility and consider the future need for crematory services in Yeovil and the surrounding area for the next 25-50 years. The aim is to ensure that the high quality facilities are provided for families and mourners in the years to come.

Speaking about the decision to approve the project, Councillor Peter Gubbins, South Somerset District Councils Executive Portfolio Holder for Yeovil Crematorium said, "Various options were considered before deciding to refurbish the current site, including building a new crematorium at a different location but the analysis suggested that it wasn't financially viable to do so.

"The work to be done will include the construction of a new chapel with greater capacity, the creation of a smaller secondary chapel, the conversion of part of the old chapel into a new waiting room, the installation of new cremators, the provision of extra parking and the creation of a new Garden of Remembrance. This is a really exciting project of which the community can be rightfully proud".

SSDC owns an 89% interest in Yeovil Crematorium and Yeovil Without Parish Council (YWPC) owns an 11% interest. Yeovil Crematorium is the only crematorium facility in the immediate area and averages 1700 crematoriums a year.

Councillor Alf Hill, Chairman of Yeovil Without Parish Council added, "Yeovil Without Parish Councillors are fully behind this project which is in the interest of all of the community. We are looking forward to working with SSDC on this joint venture".

The decision was voted through unanimously by all Councillors of South Somerset District Council.