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Borough’s first pet cemetery and Muslim burial ground approved for Chadwell Heath

15:24 22 September 2016

Rippleside Cemetery, in Ripple Road, Barking, is one of the borough's three cemeteries near to full capacity

Rippleside Cemetery, in Ripple Road, Barking, is one of the borough's three cemeteries near to full capacity

Archant

Pet owners will soon be able to bury their animals in the borough after £400,000 cemetery extension plans were given the green light.

Cabinet members gave the go-ahead to a feasibility study for a pet cemetery at Chadwell Heath Cemetery, in Whalebone Lane North, on Tuesday night, alongside measures to create an additional 5,000 human graves.

With the cemetery currently at full capacity and Eastbrookend, in The Chase, Dagenham, and Rippleside, in Ripple Road, Barking, no longer taking burials from 2018, the plans will meet demand for space up until 2066.

The borough’s first Muslim burial site will also be created as part of the plans, with spaces for more than 500 graves.

“This is the highlight of my evening, burying people, extending cemeteries,” joked Cllr Laila Butt, cabinet member for enforcement and community safety, during the meeting.

“It’s in a really bad situation, the Chadwell Heath cemetery. It’s not fully landscaped but remains a plot of semi-prepared burial ground.

“This work should introduce a new scattering area and a separate area for Muslim burials.”

The scheme is expected to generate six million pounds for the council over the next 20 years on top of any income from the pet cemetery.

Council leader Cllr Darren Rodwell added: “This is very important to our residents and good that we’ve been able to look at this because obviously land is getting scare, especially in London boroughs.”

What do you think of the plans? Would you bury your pets in the cemetery?

Email mark.shales@archant.co.uk or call 020 8477 3824.

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