Crematoria ‘not viable’ in borough

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The siting of a crematoria in Mid and East Antrim would not be viable, the local council’s Operational Committee has heard.

As part of a review of capacity within cemeteries, members sought information on the current usage within Belfast Crematorium and to consider if demand was sufficient to strategically locate such a facility within the borough.

Cremations in the north of the province numbered 529 last year; to be viable, a crematoria requires an annual throughput of 750, members heard.