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St Catherine Parish Council working to address burial space shortage

Published:Thursday | August 27, 2015 | 12:00 AM

The St Catherine Parish Council is moving to establish more public cemeteries in the parish as it seeks to deal with the lack of space in existing ones.

Chairman of the council and mayor of Spanish Town Norman Scott says most of the current cemeteries have reached their capacities.

He says as a result the council is embarking on implementing an expansion plan on parish council lands.

The mayor made this disclosure while he and Local Government Minister Noel Arscott yesterday toured a newly prepared ten acre plot of land designed to extend the Church Pen public cemetery in Old Harbour.

He adds that some 25 acres of land belonging to the parish council in Church Pen will be utilised to develop this cemetery, but the ten acres form part of the first phase.

Scott says just over $17 million have been spent so far to prepare the ten acres, including the erection of a chapel, crematory and an area reserved to bury infants.

Meanwhile, the local government minister says the ministry is working on a plan to tackle the problem of burial space shortage in all parishes.