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Highland Council to consult on management rules for burial grounds and Inverness crematorium

By Ian Duncan

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Inverness Crematorium at Kilvean.
Inverness Crematorium at Kilvean.

Highland Council is to consult on draft management rules for its 268 burial grounds across the region and crematorium located at Kilvean in Inverness.

The council has a statutory duty to manage burials, oversee memorial safety and cremations for around 1500 burials and 1200 cremations each year.

To ensure consistent service delivery across the council area, members of the council’s Communities and Place Committee have agreed an updated Burial and Cremation Policy and the public will now be consulted on the draft management rules.

Committee chairman, councillor Allan Henderson, said: “Members are acutely aware of the potential sensitivities involved in communicating with the public on the management of burials and cremations – particularly at this difficult time during a pandemic.

“The council, however, has a statutory duty to consult with the public on any changes to the management rules and I would urge anyone with an interest to take part and have their say.”

The council will promote the public consultation in due course and the results of the survey will be presented to the next meeting of the council’s Communities and Place Committee in February 2021 for members’ consideration.

Cllr Henderson said: “It is important to say that anyone who has potential concerns about funeral poverty – where the price of a funeral is beyond the ability to pay – can seek assistance from the council’s welfare team who already provide advice on help with funeral costs and help with related benefits.”

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