Town council writes to landowners in bid for new cemetery

Dogs have been running wild at North Walsham cemetery in Bacton Road. Picture: NWTC

The cemetery on Bacton Road in North Walsham. - Credit: Archant

A squeeze on space at graveyards has prompted a search for land for an extra cemetery in North Walsham.

Bob Wright, member of the town council, said: "It's early days but we're looking at potential sites around the periphery of town which might be suitable."

A meeting of the council's development and amenities committee on June 21 decided to write to three landowners to ascertain their willingness to sell.

Once a location has been found, letters will be written to surrounding home owners regarding the new usage.

Currently, the town has two cemeteries, Chapel Cemetery on Mundesley Road and North/South Cemetery on Bacton Road.

Both have been operating since the 19th century.

Bob Wright, chair of North Walsham Town Council's development and amenities committee.

Bob Wright, chair of North Walsham Town Council's development and amenities committee. - Credit: Submitted

Mr Wright said that even though more people are cremated these days, instead of being buried, the cemeteries are "getting filled up".

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"In a few years it will be reaching capacity," he said.