Cemetery Provision for Fairfield -Summary Report

FPC is grateful for the respectful and candid response it has received on this matter.  Respondents have provided feedback to support the decision making in an objective and thoughtful manner.

The following were presented as options to explore

  1. No new/ additional cemetery facilities within Fairfield and negotiate for more appropriate fees from North Herts District Council or Stotfold Town Council.
  2. Garden of Remembrance
  3. Garden of Remembrance with interment of ashes
  4. Full burial ground

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19 respondents from 11 addresses expressed a preference for Option 1

Negative considerations raised were:

  • The unsuitability of Eliot Way; overstretched already, narrow, speeding traffic, not currently adopted
  • Lack of parking and the risk of visitors using private parking areas
  • Burden of cost of maintenance
  • General disturbance of residents; traffic, anti-social behaviour, noise and rubbish
  • A discreet and serene area already exists

Comments/ suggestions put forward:

  • Consider providing long term subsidies
  • People can pay for what they choose when the time comes

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62 respondents from 42 addresses expressed a preference for Option 2.  A further 9 respondents from 8 addresses supported Option 2 with a move to extend to Option 3

Negative considerations raised were:

  • Excess traffic
  • Chopping down trees
  • Parking
  • Traffic impact on Hardy Way

Comments/ suggestions put forward:

  • Least impactful for Middlemarch residents
  • Most suitable, sensible and sensitive and least disruptive
  • Continue to negotiate with North Herts District Council or Stotfold Town Council
  • Add a wild garden/ tree/ bush planting
  • Low maintenance
  • Quickest and easiest to achieve
  • Would still require adequate parking

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12 respondents from 9 addresses expressed a preference for Option 3.  A further 9 respondents from 8 Addresses (previously mentioned) supported Option 2 with a move to extend to Option 3

Negative considerations raised were:

  • To limit traffic problem

Suggestions put forward:

  • Positive to have a focal point for remembering those that have passed away

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2 respondents from 1 address expressed a preference for Option 4.

Negative considerations raised were:

  • Option 1 very expensive
  • Option 2 who owns the land/ strings attached
  • Option 3 & 4 would be expected to take a long time to implement

 

Conclusion

Weighing up the points put forward the consensus is that Option 2 would provide a local amenity that would be advantageous to the community whilst minimising the risks associated with the negative aspects.  Respondents did however urge FPC to continue to seek a reduction of fees with North Herts District Council and/or Stotfold Town Council.