Burial space in Sutton 'could run out in 30 years'
Sutton’s cemeteries could run out of space within the next 30 years, it has emerged.
Experts have warned of a looming crisis in burial space and some are calling for a change in law to allow graves, less than 75 years old, to be reused.
The Ministry of Justice is responsible for burial law and although local authorities are not legally bound to carry out burials they have to dispose of the dead.
Councillor Jill Whitehead, chairperson of the environment and neighbourhood committee, said: “We are aware of the issues that local authorities are facing across the country regarding declining cemetery space.
“In Sutton we are confident we have approximately 30 years worth of space available if we continue to use the land efficiently.
“In addition we also have two hectares of land located adjacent to the existing cemetery which has been set aside for future use.”
Sutton Cemetery in Alcorn Close
A recent survey, carried out by the BBC, revealed that almost half of England’s cemeteries could run out of space within 20 years.
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