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HAVE YOUR SAY: Council seeking views on burial and cremation provision in Hertsmere

 Published on: 4th January 2024   |   By: News Bulletin   |   Category: Uncategorized

Hertsmere Borough Council is seeking the views of local residents on their preferences around burial and cremation as it continues to develop its plans to address limited capacity at Allum Lane Cemetery.

The council owns the cemetery in Elstree, which enables it to offer a burial service for the borough’s communities. Like many churchyards before, this cemetery is now reaching capacity, so the council needs to make plans for the future and would like to hear residents’ views.

Councillor Parveen Rani, portfolio holder for street scene, parks, leisure and culture, explained: “Many of us have plans or wishes in place for when we die and we’d like to hear your views about burials and cremations in our borough.

“Whilst cremation is widely preferred nowadays, there is still a significant minority of residents who, for religious, cultural or personal reasons, would either prefer or require burial in a grave. In some instances, private sector cemeteries are used, but there is still demand for burials in Allum Lane Cemetery.

“To extend it, we would need to compulsorily purchase neighbouring land, which is in the green belt which is an acceptable use under planning regulations.”

Cllr Rani concluded: “As we explore solutions to accommodate the diverse preferences within our communities, your input is invaluable so we hope you will take a few moments to complete our survey.”

For more information and to complete the survey, visit Hertsmere, UK ( and participate in the ‘Allum Lane Cemetery’s future’ survey.

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