Denbigh Cemetery running out of space

November 18, 2016
The Denbigh Cemetery in Clarendon.

By the Clarendon Parish Council's calculations, there will be no more plots available at the Denbigh Cemetery for burial in another two years .

Rowhan Blake, secretary manager at the corporation, said plans are already being made to create new cemeteries in the parish.

"The council is actively seeking lands for a new cemetery. We currently have three proposals before us and we are now doing our investigations to see how suitable those properties will be," he told THE WEEKEND STAR.

Blake also shared that focus will be placed on smaller cemeteries located in other areas in Clarendon, such as Pennants and Chapelton.

He added that the plan is to develop them and push for persons residing in those areas to utilise the cemeteries closest to them.

"Once they comply and use them, it will slow the rate of usage at the Denbigh Cemetery," Blake said.

Commenting on the practice of residents in rural areas using family plots, Blake said the council still receive numerous applications. However, going forward, he said the plan is to reduce that practice as much as possible.

"We cannot do that until the expansion is carried out," he said.

Blake said that if persons want to bury their loved ones at home, they must apply to the council and the health department has to give approval.

"If it is not [appropriate], then they will have to use the cemetery," he Blake said.

The Clarendon Parish Council is responsible for, among other things, developing, managing and maintaining infrastructure and public facilities such as parochial roads, water supplies, drains and gullies, parks, recreational centres, markets, abattoirs, pounds, cemeteries, transportation centres and public sanitary conveniences.

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