Councils to develop business case for crematorium

NEWTOWNABBEY Borough Council and Belfast City Council are drawing up a joint business plan for a crematorium in the local area.

Newtownabbey Council has sought expressions of interest from the private sector for provision of the facility on land at Doagh Road, opposite Ballyearl Leisure Centre. And as part of the process, the council’s Chief Executive, Jacqui Dixon, has discussed the proposal with neighbouring councils in order to progress the matter.

At the council’s Planning Committee meeting on Monday, April 16 members were informed that Belfast City Council has expressed an interest in working with Mossley Mill officials on the development of the proposal.

Following the councillors’ approval, officers from both authorities will now produce a business case for the crematorium.

Newtownabbey councillors have been considering new cemetery sites and the possibility of building a crematorium in the area for a number of years in response to concerns over the borough’s dwindling graveyard space.

It’s thought there is only enough grave space left in the borough’s cemeteries to last around 10 years.

A number of other alternatives to traditional burials have also been considered in recent years, including building an above ground mausoleum at a council-owned site on the O’Neill Road. The local authority is also considering using part of the Valley Park for a new cemetery facility, although no decision has yet been made.