‘No decision yet on cemetery site’

NEWTOWNABBEY Borough Council has again stressed that no decision has been made on the Valley Park cemetery proposal.

In a statement issued on Tuesday morning the council said: “The council has been proactively seeking suitable land for a new cemetery in the borough for a number of years without success. 

“Currently it has only enough space at Carnmoney Cemetery to accommodate burials for the next 18 months. If a suitable site is not found soon for a new cemetery, new burial sites for use within the borough will only be available in Ballyclare and Rashee, with a capacity of approximately five years.

“Consultants have been appointed to determine whether or not, a portion of land at the Valley Park is suitable for a cemetery. At this early stage the consultants brief also includes other sites in council ownership, including land opposite Ballyearl Arts and Leisure Centre and other parts of the Valley Park.

“Additionally, the council will widen its search and advertise again to see if it can acquire suitable land for a cemetery. The advertisement will be placed in the press in early August.

“The council would like to reassure the local community that no decision has been made regarding a site for a new cemetery and a full consultation exercise, with all key stakeholders, including local residents, will be undertaken before any final decision on a cemetery site is taken.

“Anyone who would like to be advised of the arrangements for the consultation process can register their interest by emailing consultation@newtownabbey.gov.uk with their contact details.”

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