‘Significant progress’ has been made on building Wealden’s first crematorium, according to a report before the district council.
Preliminary work began on site in Horam in October and so far the following has been done:
- the majority of earth works
- soil stabilisation
- formation of all the main roads around the site
- foundations being laid for the crematorium building
- head walls formed for all the streams, and
- additional tree removal and pruning, with the hedge alongside the A267 being removed in preparation for highway works.
Challenges have included removing overhead power cables, which should happen at the end of this month. Once that is done highways work can begin which should allow for the main entrance to be completed by around the end of March.
So far £1.1 million has been spent on the project which is expected to cost £5.9 million.
The council expects crematorium income of £100,000 in the year 2018/19 rising to £950,000 in 2022/23.
The council forecasts income of £750,000 in 2020/21; £850,000 in 2021/22 and £950,000 in 2022/23.
The crematorium is being built south of Horam at Horeham Flat Farm, Chiddingly Road, with access off the A267.
It will include memorial gardens, woodland walks, parking areas and landscaped grounds.
Read more about plans for the crematorium in this previous Uckfield News story: Plans for a crematorium in Wealden.
And see Wealden Council’s website where bulletins about progress can be found.
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