Decision details

Bereavement Services business plan phase one update report and options appraisal for the future Poole Crematorium facility

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


To consider options and decide on whether the site is to be invested in as a working crematorium following suspension of cremations in April 2020.


RESOLVED that: -

(a)          Cabinet recommends investment be built into the future capital programme for the provision of cremators to meet the needs of the whole BCP Community;

(b)         Cabinet commits to bringing forward the reinstatement of cremators at the Poole Crematorium facility, subject to a continuing review of demand, emerging green technologies and the preferred future location(s) and appropriate timeframe for this investment;

(c)          Cabinet requests a report detailing options for the replacement of cremator(s) be brought to Cabinet in the next 6 months, with the aim of working towards new cremator(s) being installed in the next 18 months;

(d)         Cabinet agrees to temporarily change the operating status of the Poole site as a ceremonial only venue pursuant to the Cremation (England and Wales) Regulations 2008 to include the publication of required notices and notification to the Secretary of State, until such time that the replacement of the Poole Cremators is confirmed; and

(e)          Cabinet agrees to the decommissioning of the existing cremating equipment in Poole in 2023-24.

Voting: Unanimous

Portfolio Holder: Portfolio Holder for Environment and Place


The recommendations of this report seek to ensure the future need for crematoria facilities in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole are met and that it complies with the necessary legal requirements.


Report author: Andy McDonald

Publication date: 30/09/2022

Date of decision: 28/09/2022

Decided at meeting: 28/09/2022 - Cabinet

Effective from: 08/10/2022

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