City of London cemetery could ban new burials

The City of London cemetery in Aldersbrook Road, Wanstead.

The City of London cemetery in Aldersbrook Road, Wanstead.

First published in News East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

The country’s biggest municipal cemetery could be forced to ban new burials if it fails to get approval for thousands of new graves on neighbouring land.

Around one million people are buried in the grounds of the 200-acre City of London cemetery, in Aldersbrook Road, Wanstead.

Abandoned plots are already being recycled at the cemetery, and managers are now looking to expand into four acres of nearby scrubland to create space for another 3,000 graves.

The proposed area is currently being used as a disposal ground for grave digging and cemetery waste.

A report presented to a City of London Corporation sub-committee on Wednesday said: “The potential risk of not developing the site for burials is that the City of London Cemetery will cease to function as a working cemetery in 10 years’ time.

“There is a critical shortage of burial space across London as a whole.”

Rail, Maritime and Transport union boss Bob Crow's funeral was held at the cemetery last week.

 

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5:35pm Sat 5 Apr 14

MorrisHickey says...

No shortage of space for the disposal of cremated remains.
No shortage of space for the disposal of cremated remains. MorrisHickey
  • Score: 3

10:37pm Sat 5 Apr 14

ruby newbie says...

any space that can be used should be used,the cemetery should be preserved as best can be,
any space that can be used should be used,the cemetery should be preserved as best can be, ruby newbie
  • Score: 3

1:43am Sun 6 Apr 14

Villagecranberry says...

Cannot even rest in peace these days, Lord help us!
Cannot even rest in peace these days, Lord help us! Villagecranberry
  • Score: -7

8:06am Sun 6 Apr 14

mickbear88 says...

I reckon cremation is the way to go-I personally would be happier being toasted than have the worms nibbling at my extremities!
I reckon cremation is the way to go-I personally would be happier being toasted than have the worms nibbling at my extremities! mickbear88
  • Score: 5

11:12am Sun 6 Apr 14

Villagecranberry says...

mickbear88 wrote:
I reckon cremation is the way to go-I personally would be happier being toasted than have the worms nibbling at my extremities!
Bah!
[quote][p][bold]mickbear88[/bold] wrote: I reckon cremation is the way to go-I personally would be happier being toasted than have the worms nibbling at my extremities![/p][/quote]Bah! Villagecranberry
  • Score: -9

12:29pm Sun 6 Apr 14

MorrisHickey says...

If Villagecranberry is buried he'll poison the worms.
If Villagecranberry is buried he'll poison the worms. MorrisHickey
  • Score: 14

1:11pm Sun 6 Apr 14

Villagecranberry says...

MorrisHickey wrote:
If Villagecranberry is buried he'll poison the worms.
Thanks
[quote][p][bold]MorrisHickey[/bold] wrote: If Villagecranberry is buried he'll poison the worms.[/p][/quote]Thanks Villagecranberry
  • Score: -8

3:37pm Sun 6 Apr 14

mdj says...

'..managers are now looking to expand into four acres of nearby scrubland..'

I hope this issue is not used as a Trojan horse to encroach on the open space of Wanstead Flats. A Green Burial site might be justified as serving both purposes.
Grave plots have always been recycled, which is how we have one of the most memorable scenes in English drama.
The freehold on the use of a plot normally lasts 60 years, I believe; so perhaps City of London did not include this clause in their contracts, or the popularity of the cemetery has always expanded.
The nearby Manor Park cemetery manages to conduct a successful and respectful commercial business on a site that cannot be expanded: perhaps their example needs to be studied.

Use of land for burial is one of the most lucrative there is (Top 9 Reason to Buy cemetery plots and other cemetery property
www.buyandsellcemete
ryplots.com/9ways.ht
m‎): that is why Waltham Forest Council's valuation of land given to the Muslim Burial Trust at Zero was especially outrageous. I calculate the loss to taxpayers of legitimate income at anything between £3 to £6 million.
'..managers are now looking to expand into four acres of nearby scrubland..' I hope this issue is not used as a Trojan horse to encroach on the open space of Wanstead Flats. A Green Burial site might be justified as serving both purposes. Grave plots have always been recycled, which is how we have one of the most memorable scenes in English drama. The freehold on the use of a plot normally lasts 60 years, I believe; so perhaps City of London did not include this clause in their contracts, or the popularity of the cemetery has always expanded. The nearby Manor Park cemetery manages to conduct a successful and respectful commercial business on a site that cannot be expanded: perhaps their example needs to be studied. Use of land for burial is one of the most lucrative there is (Top 9 Reason to Buy cemetery plots and other cemetery property www.buyandsellcemete ryplots.com/9ways.ht m‎): that is why Waltham Forest Council's valuation of land given to the Muslim Burial Trust at Zero was especially outrageous. I calculate the loss to taxpayers of legitimate income at anything between £3 to £6 million. mdj
  • Score: 5

9:54pm Sun 6 Apr 14

Villagecranberry says...

If they bury people, standing upright, they could save an awful lot of room, in various poses would be interesting. All possibilities should be explored?
If they bury people, standing upright, they could save an awful lot of room, in various poses would be interesting. All possibilities should be explored? Villagecranberry
  • Score: -5

2:53pm Mon 7 Apr 14

AMAEEssex says...

Perhaps a bit of cross industry collaboration on cemetery density would be an idea. Ryan Air might have some good tips.
Perhaps a bit of cross industry collaboration on cemetery density would be an idea. Ryan Air might have some good tips. AMAEEssex
  • Score: 1

3:35pm Mon 7 Apr 14

myopinioncounts says...

With pressure on land for the living it is time to reduce the amount set aside for burials, especially by those religions which insist on one body per plot in perpetuity.
With pressure on land for the living it is time to reduce the amount set aside for burials, especially by those religions which insist on one body per plot in perpetuity. myopinioncounts
  • Score: 4

6:40pm Mon 7 Apr 14

Villagecranberry says...

Years ago, I recall seeing six pall bearers racing around carrying a coffin, up and down and round and round they went , I asked the groundsman what was going on and he told me that they had lost the plot.
Years ago, I recall seeing six pall bearers racing around carrying a coffin, up and down and round and round they went , I asked the groundsman what was going on and he told me that they had lost the plot. Villagecranberry
  • Score: 1

7:13pm Mon 7 Apr 14

MorrisHickey says...

Villagecranberry wrote:
Years ago, I recall seeing six pall bearers racing around carrying a coffin, up and down and round and round they went , I asked the groundsman what was going on and he told me that they had lost the plot.
What a tiresome cretin you are.
[quote][p][bold]Villagecranberry[/bold] wrote: Years ago, I recall seeing six pall bearers racing around carrying a coffin, up and down and round and round they went , I asked the groundsman what was going on and he told me that they had lost the plot.[/p][/quote]What a tiresome cretin you are. MorrisHickey
  • Score: 1

9:56pm Mon 7 Apr 14

Villagecranberry says...

MorrisHickey wrote:
Villagecranberry wrote:
Years ago, I recall seeing six pall bearers racing around carrying a coffin, up and down and round and round they went , I asked the groundsman what was going on and he told me that they had lost the plot.
What a tiresome cretin you are.
Lighten up Morry boy lighten up.
[quote][p][bold]MorrisHickey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Villagecranberry[/bold] wrote: Years ago, I recall seeing six pall bearers racing around carrying a coffin, up and down and round and round they went , I asked the groundsman what was going on and he told me that they had lost the plot.[/p][/quote]What a tiresome cretin you are.[/p][/quote]Lighten up Morry boy lighten up. Villagecranberry
  • Score: 0

10:08pm Mon 7 Apr 14

MorrisHickey says...

Villagecranberry wrote:
MorrisHickey wrote:
Villagecranberry wrote:
Years ago, I recall seeing six pall bearers racing around carrying a coffin, up and down and round and round they went , I asked the groundsman what was going on and he told me that they had lost the plot.
What a tiresome cretin you are.
Lighten up Morry boy lighten up.
And please do not abuse my name you fool.
[quote][p][bold]Villagecranberry[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MorrisHickey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Villagecranberry[/bold] wrote: Years ago, I recall seeing six pall bearers racing around carrying a coffin, up and down and round and round they went , I asked the groundsman what was going on and he told me that they had lost the plot.[/p][/quote]What a tiresome cretin you are.[/p][/quote]Lighten up Morry boy lighten up.[/p][/quote]And please do not abuse my name you fool. MorrisHickey
  • Score: 1

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