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Parish council seeking more burial space

Published:Thursday | August 27, 2015 | 4:03 PMRuddy Mathison

SPANISH TOWN, St Catherine:

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 the existing ones.

Norman Scott, chairman of the council and mayor of Spanish Town, told The Gleaner that most of the current cemeteries have outgrown their capacities. As such, he noted that the council is embarking on correcting this problem by implementing an expansion plan on parish council lands.

The mayor made this disclosure while touring with Local Government Minister Noel Arscott on Wednesday at a newly prepared 10-acre plot of land designed to extend the Church Pen public cemetery in Old Harbour.

"There are only three cemeteries that have a little space left so the problem will be addressed with the establishment of this plot of land," Scott revealed.

He added that 25 acres of land belonging to the parish council in Church Pen will be utilised to develop the cemetery, noting that the first phase will involve the 10 acres.

Land preparations

Scott informed that just over $17 million has been expended so far to prepare the 10 acres of land, which will include the erection of a chapel, crematory and an area reserved to bury infants when completed.

Meanwhile, Arscott said the ministry is presently working on a plan to tackle the problem of burial space in all parishes.

"The extension of this Church Pen cemetery will serve as a pilot project in which the ministry seeks the partnership of churches to develop public burial spots in each parish," Arscott disclosed.