Controversial crematorium opens in Aylesbury

Watermead Crematorium 1

Published by Charlotte Fisher at 8:08am 19th February 2019. (Updated at 8:09am 19th February 2019)

After four long years, a controversial crematorium in Aylesbury has finally opened its doors. 

In November last year, the Watermead Crematorium took a big step forward as plans were finally approved by the government. 

  • Watermead Crematorium is one of two new sites in Aylesbury
  • The two have both had a long planning journey, filled with controversy
  • The Watermead crematorium was partially built but permission was thrown out
  • AVDC opted to back the application in April 2018, but had to wait on the government

It has faced heavy opposition from those on Watermead, especially the Parish Council.

In November James Brokenshire MP, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, sent the application back to AVDC and said there is no need for the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government to get involved again.

Now, its doors finally open

Controversial Crematorium finally opens its doors
There has been a long campaign against the crematorium

The first services have been taking place throughout February.

Westerleigh Group, the operators of the crematorium, are looking forward to providing families in the community with a much needed alternative option to existing crematoria.

Dafydd John, CEO of Westerleigh Group said

"The democratic planning process has taken a number of years and we are delighted to finally open.

"We have a committed and highly trained team in place who are ready to hold services and provide the highest standards of funeral care to bereaved families from Aylesbury and the surrounding areas".

"Teams at Westerleigh's crematoria always work hard to become an integral part of the local community.

"We would like to be seen as a force for good in Aylesbury providing an essential service to local families".

Crematorium Manager and local resident Heather Dyson has been busy showing funeral directors, clergy and families around the site in recent days and said

"Feedback from local funeral directors and clergy who have visited the site has been very positive.

"We are eager to deliver excellent service to bereaved families at this most difficult time in their lives".

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