MP Rosie Cooper at the Pippin Street site
A new cemetery and crematorium on Pippin Street, Burscough opens next Monday on February 1. Construction work started in the summer and is now drawing to a close despite the poor weather. The Cemetery will provide somewhere for the people of West Lancashire to bury their dead.
West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has long supported the need for this new, local service, she said: "The welcome investment of the Westerleigh Group in opening of a cemetery and crematorium will make a real difference to so many families here in West Lancashire.
"The opening of the new cemetery at Pippin Street will give families across West Lancashire the option to once again bury their loved ones close to home.
"It will bring to an end the days of families being forced to go outside of West Lancashire, which added emotional, financial and travel burdens to a family’s loss."
Local clergy and funeral directors have been given a chance to preview the new service this week and also feel that it will provide a valuable new choice for the bereaved they look after.
Carl Howard of Howard Funeral services in Southport said: "The Crematorium in Burscough is set in a tranquil environment and has absorbed its beauty in design and innovation.
"It will offer bereaved families a peaceful and sympathetic place to say a final farewell and the design fully understands the requirements that families have following their sad loss.
"Howard’s Funeral Directors look forward to the opportunity of using this wonderful crematoria with our bereaved families."
The 100 seat chapel has been fitted with large bay windows with long views over the countryside and the Ormskirk skyline.
A state of the art digital music system has been fitted as well as a traditional organ and the chapel is able to cater for all religions and beliefs.
The countryside setting will be enhanced with extensive planting and landscaping once ground conditions improve with over 3000m2 of turf set to be laid in the next month.
Over 50 trees are also due to be planted with many hundreds of plants, shrubs and flowers.
The new manager, Paul Dobson, is keen to see this completed, he said: "It is never easy to open in the mid-winter and this year’s exceptional rain has caused some extra challenges but we plan to finish the final landscaping around the building as soon as we can.
"The building looks perfect though and is ready for our first funerals."
The crematorium will serve all communities across West Lancashire from Southport to Skelmersdale , Tarleton to Appley Bridge, Ormskirk to Lydiate.
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