Sutton Bridge gates rethink

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Plans for decorative gates to be commissioned for the new burial ground at Sutton Bridge have gone back to the drawing board.

Parish councillors were asked to support the commissioning of the gates, but councillors were worried about the potential cost.

Phil Scarlett said: “If they are going to cost £21,000, wherever they are coming from, I am not sure it’s value for money.”

Vicky Hills, who has led the parish council project to provide the burial ground, said: “If we are going to have a new garden of rest, the gates will be there for perpetuity.

“They are going to be huge gates – the gateway is about 5.1m wide.

“It will be a work of art and Transported are putting up 50 per cent of their own money.”

Councillors heard the plan was to have a shortlist of five to create designs for the gates, but members decided to look at alternative options to see if they could come up with something cheaper.

Mrs Hills said the gates should be attractive and “stand out”. Mr Scarlett said: “I do agree. It wants to be something we are proud of.”

Simon Booth said: “If we end up getting someone local to do it, I am sure they will do it cheaper than £20,000.”

Members deferred the issue for a rethink at the January parish council meeting.

The council was also asked to consider applying for grants from Grange Wind Farm and Sutton Bridge Power Station Fund to help meet the cost of the work, but that too was deferred.

The burial ground will go on three acres of land at Fields Farm North, off Bridge Road, and is being brought forward by the parish council because St Matthew’s Church is running out of space.

The plans have already made headlines because 30 double-sized plots will go close to the road so undertakers don’t have too far to carry overweight people who have died.

Mrs Hills said the plots were requested by undertakers. She later said: “I think in today’s climate, obesity is becoming more of a problem. 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.”

The burial ground is designed to last 100 years and it will also allow interment of ashes.