Wealden Crematorium’s First Ceremony

Group photo outside the main entrance of the crematorium (L-R): Chris Tompsett, Contracts Director Baxall Construction Ltd Cllr Ann Newton, Deputy Leader, Wealden District Council Cllr Susan Stedman, Ward Member for Horam Sally Blades, Clerk to Horam PC Amy Evans, PA to Chairman of Wealden District Council Cllr Michael Cousins, Chairman Horam PC Gabriella Paterson Griggs, Crematorium Project Manager, Wealden District Council Lee Batten, Clague Architects Ben Coombs, Macconvilles Surveying Troy Cooper, Senior Site Manager, Baxall Construction Ltd Trevor Scott, Chief Executive, Wealden District Council Cllr Chris Hardy, Chairman, Wealden District Steve Best, Baxall Construction Ltd

Wealden’s Chairman Councillor Chris Hardy laid the final stone in Wealden’s new Crematorium at a ceremony to mark the completion of the building’s structure.

District and Parish Council representatives gathered with the site team responsible for delivering the £5 million project. These include Baxall Construction, Clague Architects and MacConvilles Surveying.

The modern, multi-faith facility is located south of Horam, along the A267. It boasts a 120 seat chapel, car parking for 150 vehicles, and will provide much needed provision for the 1,200 local people each year who choose to be cremated.

Councillor Hardy said: “The completion of Wealden’s first crematorium is a landmark occasion for this Council. We are incredibly proud of the results so far. It has delivered a facility meeting the highest standards for a crematorium, whilst giving great consideration to the natural landscape. The results in a relatively short space of time are impressive. We look forward to the official opening of this new service for the District in March 2019.”

Final landscaping of the site is now taking place along with work to the main entrance. Traffic lights will be in place on the A267 until the end of February whilst the work on the crematorium entrance is completed.

Upon final completion, an Open Day will take place in the spring giving the public an opportunity to visit the facility.

Further information about the Crematorium and its progress can be followed online via http://www.wealden.gov.uk/Wealden/Council/WealdenCrematorium/Web_Wealden_Crematorium.aspx

Cllr Chris Hardy, Chairman, WDC, laying the final stone.