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Birtley Crematorium to close temporarily for upgrade

Birtley Crematorium

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Birtley Crematorium will close for six months while its outdated equipment is upgraded.

The cremator, which has been operation for more than 30 years, needs replacing and the Council is taking advantage of the closure to improve the facilities at the crematorium.

In addition to fitting a new cremator, staff welfare facilities will be improved, the chapel floor will be levelled off and a mercury abatement system will be installed to reduce emissions from the cremator and make it more environmentally friendly.

From 16 March, all cremations in Gateshead will take place at Saltwell Crematorium. It is hoped the chapel at Birtley will open before the cremator works are complete so services can still be held there before the cremation is carried out at Saltwell.

Burials at Birtley Cemetery will still be carried out during the works, however, they will be arranged around times when noisy building work is carried out.

Councillor Linda Green, Cabinet Member for Communities and Volunteering, said:

"The cremator at Birtley was installed in 1989 and although it has been well maintained, repair costs are rising and there is an increasing need to replace worn parts.

"However, despite its ageing equipment, Birtley Crematorium remains popular with families in the area and we're pleased we are able to invest in these upgrades which will provide a much needed  service for our residents, better facilities for our staff, as well as ensuring we are contributing towards environmental targets of reducing Gateshead's emissions."

For more information call Bereavement Services on 0191 433 3816.

Birtley Crematorium
17 February 2020

(Photo: Google)

Birtley Crematorium will close for six months while its outdated equipment is upgraded.

The cremator, which has been operation for more than 30 years, needs replacing and the Council is taking advantage of the closure to improve the facilities at the crematorium.

In addition to fitting a new cremator, staff welfare facilities will be improved, the chapel floor will be levelled off and a mercury abatement system will be installed to reduce emissions from the cremator and make it more environmentally friendly.

From 16 March, all cremations in Gateshead will take place at Saltwell Crematorium. It is hoped the chapel at Birtley will open before the cremator works are complete so services can still be held there before the cremation is carried out at Saltwell.

Burials at Birtley Cemetery will still be carried out during the works, however, they will be arranged around times when noisy building work is carried out.

Councillor Linda Green, Cabinet Member for Communities and Volunteering, said:

"The cremator at Birtley was installed in 1989 and although it has been well maintained, repair costs are rising and there is an increasing need to replace worn parts.

"However, despite its ageing equipment, Birtley Crematorium remains popular with families in the area and we're pleased we are able to invest in these upgrades which will provide a much needed  service for our residents, better facilities for our staff, as well as ensuring we are contributing towards environmental targets of reducing Gateshead's emissions."

For more information call Bereavement Services on 0191 433 3816.

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