£2million plan for new cemetery

Potential new cemetery site: The Valley Park at O'Neill Road, which is overlooked by the Children's Hospice. INNT 24-054-FP
Potential new cemetery site: The Valley Park at O'Neill Road, which is overlooked by the Children's Hospice. INNT 24-054-FP
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WITH burial space in the borough fast running out, Newtownabbey Borough Council looks set to push ahead with a £2million plan to create a new cemetery on an area of parkland at O’Neill Road near Glengormley.

Councillors are due to meet later this month to discuss the proposal, which could see a large section of the Valley Park being turned into a cemetery.

Around 250 new burial plots are required each year, according to the council. And with grave space in the existing Carnmoney Cemetery expected to run out within the next 18 months, the local authority is urgently trying to find suitable land for a new cemetery.

While there is enough space in Ballyclare and Rashee Cemeteries to accommodate burials for another 10 years, councillors have been trying to find a site for a new cemetery in the urban part of the borough. Over the past number of years, the council has considered several potential sites for a new graveyard, however, none have been suitable and the parkland close to the existing cemetery may now be the only option left.

Read the full story in this week’s Times...