To receive and consider the report of the
Operations and Estates Officer
The Committee received and considered the report of the Operations and Estates Officer on the possibility of a new pedestrian entrance at Tower Hill Cemetery.
One member felt that it was not really necessary and that it would encourage parking in the surrounding residential areas. He also wanted to be reassured that public consultation would be meaningful.
The Chair advised that the main consultation could be done via an insert in the newsletter and she believed that it would be meaningful.
Members also voted on recommendations to consult with Exclusive Right of Burial holders in the area that would be affected, and also the owner of a bench in close proximity. 4 members were in favour of the recommendations, with one abstention.
RESOLVED: that the report be noted and: -
1. that the Council consults with the existing Exclusive Right of Burial Holders on Sections 13 and 9 regarding the proposed new pedestrian access;
2. that the owner of the memorial bench affected by the installation of this footpath should be consulted;
3. that an insert is considered for the newsletter/annual satisfaction survey to gauge local residents’ opinion on the proposal as per resolution 2 on 14 September 2020 minute H275 – that once the issues of permission was resolved, if it was possible to go ahead, thought be given on how to gauge residents’ opinion on the proposal;
4. that Officers establish if a faculty from the Diocese of Oxford is required;
5. that quotes be refreshed given the time lapse and two further quotes be sought in line with the Council’s financial regulations.