The grave issue of capacity in cemeteries

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The grave issue of capacity in cemeteries

Laws around digging graves may be changed, soley for one cemetery in Enfield.

The New Southgate burial space is quickly running out of room and in a bid to stay in business old graves are being recycled.

The issue of dwindling space in the borough looks set to be remedied with a new law that would allow New Southgate Cemetery to exhume bodies.

If the New Southgate Cemetery Bill gets the green light, graves more than 75 years' old could be excavated, the remains reburied "to their deepest depth" and new caskets buried on top.

Otherwise in nine years time the historic cemetery, in Brunswick Park Road, that houses mainly Catholic, Cypriot and Caribbean communities - as well as being the main burial place for the Baha'i community, where their founder is buried - will be at capacity.

David Burrowes MP for Enfield Southgate, said:

"There is a critical need for more grave spaces at New Southgate. The law will be much appreciated by the local community who want a local cemetery to bury their loved ones.

"I was delighted to sponsor and guide the New Cemetery Bill through its Second Reading last week. It all but guarantees its safe passage into law after it goes through the formality of remaining stages in the Commons."

Local authorities in London already have the power to re-use areas where a burial has not taken place for 75 years.


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