Council to push ahead with crematorium plan

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Newtownabbey Borough Council is pushing ahead with plans for a multi-million pound crematorium development within the borough.

At a special meeting on Wednesday night (March 5), members agreed that the council should go ahead with the project, in conjunction with the private sector.

Construction of a crematorium on council-owned land at Ballyearl could cost almost £6million - a cost that would be met by a private sector company brought in to build and operate the facility.

Chief executive Jacqui Dixon said that the crematorium development would “provide a quality, dignified service to ratepayers and other customers”, and generate income for the council.

Members agreed to budget up to £10,000 to engage outside experts to advise the council on procurement issues, including drawing up a service level agreement for the running of the crematorium.

All councillors, with the exception of Sinn Fein’s Gerry O’Reilly and Marie Mackessey, voted in favour of the proposal.

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