Rack ‘em and stack ‘em grave plan

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THE council is proposing a “rack ’em and stack ’em” alternative method of burials in a bid to combat the dwindling number of graves across the borough.

On average between 500 and 800 burials take place each year in the borough - and according to local elected representatives, Carnmoney Cemetery may only have enough space for three more years, while Ballyclare’s capacity is believed to be eight.

One potential site earmarked for a new cemetery is almost nine acres on the O’Neill Road. However, because the field was a former landfill site it means it cannot be used for traditional below ground burials.

The shallow topsoil cannot be disturbed because, according to the council, it would be ‘unpleasant’ and ‘unstable’. So council officers are considering three different options at the site.

The first option is a mausoleum style above ground structure, the second a large vault and the third a meadow/woodland area.

Council officers have also proposed searching for a new alternative site to the O’Neill Road, however, it’s thought there is little potential for development elsewhere in the borough.

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