Work has begun on the extension to the Village Cemetery, which will see an acre of the Barracks land handed over to the Parish Council to provide additional space for burials. The scheme will also upgrade the paths within the existing cemetery to make them wider and with wheelchair and pushchair friendly surfaces.
The contractors will be working on the extension area during January, and then in early February will connect up the two areas by creating an opening through the existing wall. During February work will start on the footpaths in the existing cemetery, before finishing off the footpaths in the extension. Additional landscaping – including trees along the back fencing and grass seeding the new area – will then be undertaken, with the work completing by the end of March.
The work has been planned to minimise disruption, and there will continue to be access to the Cemetery throughout the works, with all work stopping for any funeral services.
, said: “I know that the need to extend the Cemetery has been in discussion for over a decade, and we are so pleased that we have been able to make this happen. The team are very conscious of needing to ensure the work is carried out sympathetically and with respect to the existing graves and visitors, as well as any services taking place. If anyone wants to get in contact to discuss this, please do not hesitate to contact me.”
, from Waterbeach Parish Council said: “We have for several years now been managing with only a few grave spaces left in the Cemetery. This extension which we have been trying to secure over a long period from the military will mean we can ensure space for our residents for many years to come, as well as improve the footpaths which we know can become muddy and difficult for people to navigate. The extension will be a vast improvement, giving more room between graves and easier maintenance in what will remain a pleasant lawned cemetery. The Parish Council are pleased Urban&Civic have generously made this happen.”
The cemetery extension will be handed over to the Parish Council with work complete and at no cost. Burial space for the new development is being planned as part of the wider masterplanning process of the barracks and airfield area.