Plans resurface for Wolverhampton crematorium

Proposals  for a new crematorium on the outskirts of Wolverhampton have resurfaced. It comes more than a decade after a similar scheme was first ditched and has sparked anger among residents.

Proposals  for a new crematorium on the outskirts of Wolverhampton have resurfaced.

It comes more than a decade after a similar scheme was first ditched and has sparked anger among residents.

Dignity Caring Funeral Services want to build the crematorium on green belt land between Wergs Hall Road, Heath House Lane and the A41 Holyhead Road between Perton, Codsall and Tettenhall.

Developers say they want to hear residents views on the scheme at a consultation event to be held on Friday but some say they are already planning to campaign against it.

Initial designs of the latest scheme show a sweeping driveway, a lake, and the crematorium building backing onto woodland.

The site is next to the historic Grade II listed Wergs Hall. Keith Vaughan, of Wergs Hall Road, has formed an opposition group with Andy Holden of Heath House Lane.

Retired Mr Vaughan said: “The main opposition we have is that there is no need for it and we do not need one in the green belt, and it will cause a smell and pollution.

“The details released so far are very vague so we know next to nothing about it apart from it is slightly further up the road than the last one more than 10 years ago.”

A four-page flyer has been distributed around the area which says it will be used to ‘enhance biodiversity’ and create a ‘ pleasant tranquil environment.’

It comes after more than 300 residents in Tettenhall Regis signed a petition objecting to proposals back in 2001 for a crematorium and cemetery just metres away. This was thrown out by councillors. The consultation event will be held on Friday at Codsall Village Hall between 3pm and 8pm when more details are expected to be revealed.

The developers could not be reached for comment.