A major £1.4 million project to extend and upgrade a crematorium serving the whole of the Tendring District has been given the all-clear.

Plans for the scheme at the site in Weeley were given outline planning permission in 2013 and last night the final details were approved.  The existing building is to be extended to accommodate replacements cremators and new filtration equipment.

Contractors ATI Environmental UK Ltd took over the site, which is run by Tendring District Council (TDC), last year with construction due to get under way in mid-February and due to be completed in September. The scheme also includes providing mercury abatement equipment at the existing building in Colchester Road.

There will be alterations to the road access for visitors and staff as well as new parking created in the field at the back of the crematorium to increase capacity at the site by a further 50 spaces.  A temporary reception office will be installed while the demolition and construction take place and the facility will continue to operate throughout. The existing two cremators, which are now 15 years old, have come to the end of their working life.

TDC’s Planning Committee heard last night that there was no opposition to the project and Weeley Parish Council had no objection – provided the abatement equipment is installed.  Carlo Guglielmi, TDC’s Cabinet Member for Planning and Corporate Services, welcomed the project. “We are very fortunate to have this facility and the extensions will help us to provide better services and improved working space for our staff,” he said. “This is another example of how well TDC is doing by still being able to invest considerable sums of money in improving services, while its grant funding is massively reduced.”

The cost of the works is £1.339 million with the contract advertised across Europe.

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