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Buckingham Town Council launch cemetery consultation

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A new cemetery, depot and allotments are being proposed along the A421

Buckingham Town Council has launched a consultation into plans for a new cemetery, depot and allotments along the A421.

A consultation has been launched over Buckingham Town Councils plans to build a new cemetery. 

2-point-6 million-pounds would be borrowed - costing around 6-million in the end - to create enough grave spaces to serve the community for roughly 160 years.

Residents are being asked if they support the Town Council borrowing £2.4 million (at a total cost of around £6 Million) for a new cemetery, depot and allotments project.

Buckingham’s existing cemetery on Brackley Road is nearly at capacity. Outline planning permission has been granted for 9.2 acres of land along the A421 to be changed into a new burial ground, with allotments and a works depot.

It is anticipated that the new cemetery will have enough grave spaces to serve the community for roughly 160 years.

What would be included?

  • A total of 1474 burial plots, including areas for traditional burials, lawn burials, a children’s section and an additional wooded area for ashes.
  • 30 allotment plots (average 25m²).
  • Car parking for 30 vehicles, including disabled bays.
  • Large sections of wildflower and tree planting.
  • Maintenance depot and public toilet.

Mayor of Buckingham, Cllr. Margaret Gateley launched the consultation in December, saying that: “Buckingham Town Council needs to know your views on the right way forward for the proposed new cemetery in our town. Please take a moment to complete the cemetery consultation questionnaire, so that we are aware of public opinion on this important project.  It is vital that we hear from as many residents as possible”.

Questions can be emailed to office@buckingham-tc.gov.uk or discussed on 01280 816426.

The consultation closes on Thursday 19th Jan 2023.

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