In a significant move to address the long-term burial needs of the community, Kirklees Council Cabinet has today given its approval for a budget of £500,000 towards the development of an additional burial area in North Kirklees.

With the existing burial capacity at Dewsbury Cemetery deemed sufficient for several years, this decision by the council aims to provide greater certainty to faith communities regarding their burial requirements in the future.

Councillor Shabir Pandor, the esteemed Leader of Kirklees Council, expressed his thoughts on the matter, stating, “The council’s bereavement services are continuously expanding their capacity and services to cater to residents of all faiths and those with no religious affiliation. We are committed to working closely with the multi-faith Bereavement Forum for our long-term planning. I recently met with the Forum to assure them of our plans, and I eagerly anticipate our continued collaboration moving forward.”

Pandor emphasised the necessity of constructing a new burial ground to ensure that the council can meet the burial needs of Dewsbury’s residents and communities for years to come. He further mentioned that the additional spaces will instil certainty among all communities by providing sufficient provisions for their loved ones, while also respecting their cultural and religious values.

Following a careful assessment, two potential sites have been identified for the new burial area, and a proposed timeline for development has been put forward. Further investigation will now be conducted to determine the suitability of these sites.

Councillor Cathy Scott, the Cabinet Member responsible for Bereavement Services, highlighted the council’s collaboration with the multi-faith Bereavement Forum throughout the entire process and reiterated their commitment to working together. Scott stated, “As this plan has received cabinet approval, we will continue our collaborative efforts with the multi-faith Bereavement Forum. Together, we aim to establish medium-term provisions while also looking towards the long-term future.”

Scott stressed the importance of providing certainty and reassurance to communities through the provision of additional burial capacity, regardless of its size. Many localities view a cemetery as an essential requirement, relying on the council to provide suitable facilities. Therefore, it is imperative to create a high-quality environment and service for those utilising this service. The approved funding demonstrates the council’s unwavering dedication to future burial provisions, not only in Dewsbury but across the entirety of Kirklees.

Based on the current timeline, the additional burial space is expected to open its doors in 2025, allowing the community to avail itself of the new facilities and meet its burial needs efficiently and respectfully.