Crematorium a 'barking mad' idea says MP

Proposals for a new crematorium on the outskirts of Wolverhampton have been dubbed as 'barking mad' by the area's MP ahead of a consultation today.

Gavin Williamson
Gavin Williamson

South Staffordshire MP Gavin Williamson said the plans from Dignity Caring Funeral Services on Wergs Road, Tettenhall, should be rejected by planning chiefs.

Mr Williamson said: "I have already been to seen the council officers to register my concerns about the proposals.

"I think this is a ridiculous idea and will be a dreadful incursion into the green belt and damage the ecology of the area.

"While the plans have not yet been submitted, I personally will be opposing them rigorously. It is a barking mad idea and if they are put forward I hope they will be rejected by the local authority.

The plans come 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 tonight at Codsall Village Hall.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: “We oppose these plans. It will not be good for the area and will ruin our green belt. It is not right for this area."

Mr Williamson added: "Wergs Road is awfully busy and the junction down there has seen many awful accidents.

"This will add to the traffic and I think it is unwise to add to that considering how bad it is.

"A lot of people are concerned right across the district and understandably people from Tettenhall will feel it is more negative for them but people from Perton and Codsall share their concerns."

A decade ago 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 for the current scheme will be held on tonight (29aug) at Codsall Village Hall between 3pm and 8pm when more details are expected to be revealed.

Comments for: "Crematorium a 'barking mad' idea says MP"

funny old world

nimbys

davidelkington

Exactly!

davidelkington

I was just about to say that! It's not like the cars will be traveling fast and a crematorium is hardly going to be an eyesore blot on the landscape. It's not like they are asking for a warehouse or a recycling plant.

And where else would you build something like that? When your in grief it's not like you want to cremate your loved ones on land that used to be a factory next to a tesco and a modern apparent block. You want somewhere peaceful and serene!

And let's not forget, those fortunate enough to enjoy views of the green belt and rolling landscape, once upon a time, the brick and concrete cubes you all live in were on someone else's green fields but your not bothered about that!

markie

Fully agree with you.

EifelSue

As a resident close to the proposal of the crematorium it appears your comments about us are of a derogatory nature.

You appear to be completely unaware of the consequences & impact such a building has. Not only on the traffic and the wildlife. If you research the web you will find that contrary to your term of Fortunate! We become victims of the fallout of a minimum of 14 toxins from the crematorium.

We already suffer abuse from HGV & speeding vehicles.

This will not slow down the traffic but cause chaos!

And let's not forget We who enjoy the green belt have paid premiums to do so !And many of the buildings are conversions and have stood for more than a hundred years and of course we are bothered! about anything that has further impact!

Thomas

I agree with the MP. Any incursion into green belt land should simply not happen. We have to stop destroying that which sustains us. I assume therefore that he has objected just as strongly, if not far more vocally, to the HS2 railway proposals, and can demonstrate that he has done. If so, thats great. If not, nimby hypocrite.