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Cemetery works complete

Published on 12 March 2015

A £450,000 project to extend and improve facilities at Leicester’s Saffron Hill Cemetery has been completed.

The city council-funded project, which began in August 2014, has created 1,200 additional burial spaces in the new multi-faith and Muslim cemetery sections.

In addition, there are now 80 new car park spaces, new trees and landscaping improvements, and a new disabled toilet in the cemetery pavilion.

The 1.1 hectare extension is expected to provide enough additional burial space to meet needs for around 10 years.

In addition, three hectares of land on the former Dorset Avenue playing fields have been retained to allow further extension in the future.

This would give Saffron Hill Cemetery enough additional space to meet demand for burials for around 25 years.

The works are part of the city council’s long-term Burial Space Strategy to provide locally-accessible and sustainable burial space over the next 100 years.

Leicester assistant city mayor for culture, heritage, leisure and sport, Cllr Piara Singh Clair said: “This extension work has been essential to meet the future needs of burial spaces within the city, as well as addressing some of the issues raised by visitors.

“The work has really improved facilities at Saffron Hill Cemetery, with extra parking, disabled toilets and other environmental improvements.

“I hope that these changes mean visitors using the cemetery find it a more pleasant place of rest.”