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Plea to expand Solihull cemeteries

WIDNEY Manor Cemetery will be full in two years unless it’s granted permission to expand.

WIDNEY Manor Cemetery will be full in two years unless it’s granted permission to expand.

This week Solihull Council were due to make a decision on whether to allow an extension into the green belt.

Opened in 1992, the 3,000-grave cemetery has now used some 90 per cent of its land. The extension, which would provide enough plots for another 15 years, would be behind homes in Four Ashes Road.

A council report said that expanding the boundaries would swallow a local wildlife site - Saint Martin’s Pastures.

But planning officers argue that the site has fallen into decline in recent years, due to overgrazing and lack of management.

Widney Manor bosses have tried to identify an alternate plot, but say there will be none available within the next few years.

They added that there was an increasing shortage of burial space at all three council-owned cemeteries.

Robin Hood, in Shirley, is already at capacity, while Woodlands, near Coleshill, will run out of room within eight years.

A planning committee decision was due on Wednesday and we’ll bring you the result in next week’s Solihull News.

 

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