Falkirk Council’s Cemeteries are almost at capacity with three of their 9 facilities running out of space within the next 3 years. Further more the Council have admitted that it could take up to ten years to find suitable replacement sites.
On such a major issue the only reaction by the ruling Labour/Tory administration to address this predicament that faces our communities is to set up a policy development panel to ‘talk about’ the situation.
This was the stark reaction from SNP Environment Spokesman Cllr Stephen Bird following the meeting of Falkirk Council on Wednesday 25 Sept.
“We urgently need actions not words to address this matter.
“New Grandsable has barely three years of capacity, Polmont barely two years, Muiravonside cemetery has less than two years capacity and Hills of Dunipace has less than six years left even after the decision to ban advance lair purchases imposed in June.
“Incredibly Polmont had actually been allowed to get below even 1 years capacity before this issue was even brought before Council. This is nothing short of a gross dereliction of duty by the Administration who have claimed that the issue only actually came to light when the estate was transferred between departments.
“I appreciate that the current portfolio holder has only been responsible for the cemeteries for a few months but he has been a major part of a Labour/Tory Administration which has been in charge of Falkirk for the last six years and as a collective they must tell people where they are going to bury their loved ones when the local cemeteries run out of space.’