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Redbridge Council plans to increase cost of graves after prices 'too competitive'

PUBLISHED: 15:00 06 November 2018 | UPDATED: 16:42 06 November 2018

The price could go up by 10per cent. Picture: Michelle Cook

The price could go up by 10per cent. Picture: Michelle Cook

Michelle Cook

In grave news, Redbridge Council is planning to increase the cost of lawn burials as the prices are too competitive and the plots are too sought after by people living outside the borough.

From January 1, the cost of being put in the ground at either Forest Park Cemetery, Forest Road, Hainault or Roding Lane, Roding Lane North, Woodford Green could go up by10per cent for residents from £2,760 to £3,030.

The sum will also increase for non-residents from £5,260 to £5,785.

According to notes from the council’s forthcoming cabinet meeting Westerleigh Group - Redbridge’s bereavement contractor - has advised that the low cost of burials in comparison to neighbouring boroughs has resulted in Redbridge becoming a sought-after location putting pressure on the borough’s limited burial space

“During 2017, the cost of lawn grave burials for resident and non-residents within Redbridge was lower than several neighbouring boroughs,” it read.

“To become more competitive in price and potentially increase revenue, the burial costs were increased from January 2018.

“A benchmarking exercise is carried out by the contractor on an annual basis against the same service provision of several neighbouring boroughs and in July 2018, this exercise was carried out comparing Redbridge prices with City of London, Manor Park, Havering and Barking and Dagenham.

“Redbridge charges were still competitive with the three other boroughs.”

Westerleigh Group advised that from 2019, the council should increase its changes for residents.

Even with the added 10pc, Redbridge will still be cheaper than Havering which charges £3,390, Manor park which charges £3,750 and City of London at £4, 381.

It would only be beaten on price by Barking and Dagenham, which charges, £2962.50.

“Burial space within Redbridge is limited, with only two cemeteries, Roding Lane and Forest Park, being ‘open’ sites i.e. sites where actual burials are still taking place,” it continued.

“Roding Lane has limited space available for burials, due to poor ground

conditions and Westerleigh Group has advised that at the current rate of burials and purchase of plots in advance, there is an estimate of between eight to nine years of burial space available at Forest Park Cemetery.”

By making prices more competitive it is hoped that more plots will be available for residents.

The cabinet will vote on proposals tonight.

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