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ETC Swan Hill Cemetery Update - Press Release

By Melanie Joyce Ellesmere Rural Parish Council

Wednesday, 26 July 2023


Ellesmere Rural Parish Council Contributor


PRESS RELEASE - 21st July 2023.

Update – Swan Hill Cemetery, Ellesmere.

Like a lot of cemeteries in Shropshire and elsewhere, the Swan Hill Cemetery, Ellesmere is close to maximum capacity.

The Council’s Cemetery Working Group continues to explore possible solutions both inside the existing cemetery and in relation to new sites close to the town.

A recent survey of the cemetery has identified additional space which has been agreed by Council and which should ensure that the cemetery is able to offer burial spaces for new coffins up to the next three years.

The Council continues to be able to offer new internments of cremated remains and interment into existing graves. This service is not affected by the issue of limited space.

Separate work is ongoing to explore the possibility of extending the cemetery in the bottom section This is the large, grassed space which may have been used for burial in the distant past and requires survey work to understand its viability.

In relation to the piece of land at the top of Swan Hill Cemetery, which would seem to be the most obvious choice for a cemetery extension, this is privately owned.

The possibility of the council taking possession of that land was explored fully in 2005. The Council attempted at that time to take possession of the land by way of Compulsory Purchase, but this was refused, at Government level. This was at significant financial cost to the Town and Parish Councils.

There is no expectation that this piece of land will come into the Councils possession at any time in the future.

At that time the Council also explored 5 other potential cemetery sites close to the town. In all cases these areas were deemed unsuitable for the creation of a cemetery because of issues relating to high levels of water, soil-type, and other geographic problems.

In the meantime, the Cemetery Working Group continues to appeal to local landowners to appreciate the impact of the cemetery being nearly at capacity and would ask that anyone who owns land that might be suitable for a new cemetery to approach the council.

Please contact The Cemetery Co-Ordinator or the Council. Details are to be found on the Council’s website.

Ellesmere Town Council

Town Clerk.

Jo Butterworth: 01691 622689

Cemetery Co-Ordinator

Andy Chatting: 07546 560615

Contact Information

Melanie Joyce

  • 01948 841945

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