Chief exec speaks out over crematorium plan

PLANS for a crematorium off the A556 have been 15 years in the making, according to the company behind them.

Richard Evans, chief executive of Westerleigh Group, said he had been working with councils to find a site in Vale Royal since 1998.

He was speaking to concerned residents and councillors at the latest Davenham Parish Council meeting, as the site in question, off Shurlach Lane and the A556, sits just outside Davenham village.

“Originally we spoke with Vale Royal Borough Council, which realised the need for a new crematorium in the district and invited private companies to put sites forward for potential consideration in 1998,” he said.

“Again in 2006 we spent a considerable amount of time with Vale Royal looking for land.

“There was nothing suitable but we’ve continued to look at sites since then.”

He pointed out that families currently have to travel for more than 30 minutes to reach the nearest crematoria, in Crewe, Altrincham, Warrington and Chester, and said the Shurlach Lane site would be more suitable than the recently refused Lostock site proposed by rival firm Memoria because its transport links are better.

Mr Evans explained that funeral traffic would be directed to the site from the A556, not the surrounding country lanes, and a deceleration lane would be built off the dual carriageway as part of the plans, which are yet to be submitted.

He also told the meeting that he had family living in mid Cheshire so wants to do a good job for them.

“If we were to build this it would be run for my family too so the last thing I want to do is to come up with a short term site that doesn’t provide a better experience,” he said.

“It’s already a terrible day.

“It may sound strange but we want to do something Vale Royal can be proud of.”

He added: “We wouldn’t be looking to do this in our own back yard if we couldn’t do something fitting.

“My mother-in-law lives in Rudheath so I’ve got nowhere to hide.”

For more information about the plans visit westerleighgroup.co.uk.

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12:58pm Fri 30 Nov 12

J Bear says...

Can somebody in authority verify that the site of this proposed crematorium is in Davenham Parish and Not Rudheath Parish.
Why I say this I have a parish boundary map of Rudheath and it clearly shows the Rudheath Cemetery and this site inside the Rudheath parish boundary.
Does this mean there has been boundary changes in the Northwich are since VRBC disappeared and CWaC tool over?
Can somebody in authority verify that the site of this proposed crematorium is in Davenham Parish and Not Rudheath Parish. Why I say this I have a parish boundary map of Rudheath and it clearly shows the Rudheath Cemetery and this site inside the Rudheath parish boundary. Does this mean there has been boundary changes in the Northwich are since VRBC disappeared and CWaC tool over? J Bear

10:17am Sat 8 Dec 12

Davenham Resident says...

Why aren't the Guardian CLEARLY stating to residents of Rudheath and Davenham that this proposed site is NOT opposite the current cemetery in Rudheath but on the opposite side of the A556! Obviously the residents of Rudheath (where Mr Evans mother-in-law lives) will be sighing with relief that this body burning facility won't be on their patch, it would be on ours, in DAVENHAM! I can only presume that this smoke screen created regarding the location is aimed at getting these plans passed without Davenham residents being fully aware that their village is going to be spoilt! Just as the Lostock residents said about their patch in Cheshire Life Magazine... DAVENHAM WILL BE KNOW AS THE VILLAGE OF THE DEAD! Mr Evans of Westerleigh needs to stop talking about how he is doing us a BIG favour and how he is 'one of us' and push off back to Westerleigh!
Why aren't the Guardian CLEARLY stating to residents of Rudheath and Davenham that this proposed site is NOT opposite the current cemetery in Rudheath but on the opposite side of the A556! Obviously the residents of Rudheath (where Mr Evans mother-in-law lives) will be sighing with relief that this body burning facility won't be on their patch, it would be on ours, in DAVENHAM! I can only presume that this smoke screen created regarding the location is aimed at getting these plans passed without Davenham residents being fully aware that their village is going to be spoilt! Just as the Lostock residents said about their patch in Cheshire Life Magazine... DAVENHAM WILL BE KNOW AS THE VILLAGE OF THE DEAD! Mr Evans of Westerleigh needs to stop talking about how he is doing us a BIG favour and how he is 'one of us' and push off back to Westerleigh! Davenham Resident

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