Plan for new cemetery in Huntingdon looks set to progress

Jubilee Park, the home of United Counties Division One side Huntingdon Town.

Jubilee Park, the home of United Counties Division One side Huntingdon Town. - Credit: Archant

Enquiries have begun to build a cemetery in Huntingdon on a site used by football clubs.

Huntingdon Town Council has star ted talks with Cemetery Development Services Ltd (CDSL) about proposals for more burial sites after it was revealed that the authority could run out of plots by 2020.

The proposed site for the cemetery, Jubilee Park, in Kings Ripton Road, has been earmarked because it is located away from housing areas.

The proposal was put before councillors last Thursday and it was unanimously agreed to proceed with surveys on the land.

Town council clerk, Philip Peacock, said: “The sooner we get the survey results back the sooner we can get started getting on with the project.

“All the councillors [at the meeting] realised that we need to look at options for new burial ground as we are running out of space.”

If survey work is completed and the site deemed unsuitable, Mr Peacock said that the council would need to “go back to the drawing board” as no other sites had yet been indentified or found.

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A presentation will be given by CDSL to council members in the coming months and further plans are set to be discussed.

The site is currently used by colts team Huntingdon Rowdies, Jolly Archers and Huntingdon Town Football Club – who are all in talks with the council.

Chair man of Huntingdon Town Football Club, Doug McIlwain, told The Hunts Post: “It could be the making of Huntingdon Town Football Club.”

According to Mr McIlwain the application may “go through quickly” but the former mayor of Huntingdon has only been in discussions for the past month.

“Unless we are all in agreement nothing will happen. I am excited about the whole thing not just for the football club but for the town,” Mr McIlwain added.

Currently the club have a 99-year lease on its two pitches but Mr McIlwain said he would be “happy to enter into negotiations” with the town council.

“As long as they offer me a chance to move to another venue I will put it to my committee that we do what is best for the football club and not the town council,” Mr McIlwain said.

“If we lose anything, even one blade of grass, I will be saying no, it’s got to benefit everyone.”

It is hoped that survey work will get under way later this year and options will be given to the football teams in early 2017.