Epworth cemetery on council agenda

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A CONTENTIOUS decision to purchase two additional acres of land for the cemetery on Burnham Road, Epworth, has been rescinded.

Members narrowly voted 7-5 to purchase the land last December at a cost of £50,000, land which belongs to the current chairman, Councillor Margaret Lindley.

A number of councillors were concerned that only one valuation was secured for the land, which could extend the cemetery site, and the issue was up for discussion again at this month’s meeting.

Councillor Richard Hall again stressed the need for soil tests to be carried out on the land in question and several of his colleagues raised concerns with the decision to purchase the two acres.

Members subsequently agreed to secure an additional two valuations as well as an updated quote from the company which valued the land at £50,000.

In the meantime the proposed purchase of the land has been put on hold, clerk Caroline Maguire informed the council.