Bigger plots plan for new Sutton Bridge cemetery

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Thirty double-sized plots will go close to the road in a new burial ground so undertakers don’t have far to carry overweight people who have died.

Vicky Hills, who is steering the burial project for Sutton Bridge Parish Council, said the oversized plots were requested by funeral directors.

She said: “They will cost more money because we are going to have double plots. It’s the result of people not being responsible for their weight, basically.

“It was requested by the funeral directors that they should not be too far from the road so they don’t have too far to carry them.”

The parkland burial ground will go on a three-acre site at Fields Farm North, in Bridge Road, if planning permission is granted.

The plan was drawn up amid fears about a shortage of space in the cemetery at St Matthew’s Church and fears villagers would have to be buried in other towns.

Villagers who have reserved spaces in the churchyard will still be buried there, though all burials will go to the new site, around a mile from the church, when the cemetery at formally closed.

The new site, which is expected to open next year, is likely to last for 100 years.