Many residents will be aware that the Parish Council has been trying to negotiate the purchase of a piece of land north of the current Pyebush Lane cemetery for many years.
The landowners, the Molineux family trust, who had very generously sold land for the existing cemetery and for an additional sports pitch, felt unable to give up any more land.
The Parish Council has been looking around the village for other land which would be suitable for a cemetery but has not found any. Much of the land around Acle is low lying, with a high water table, which is not suitable.
The Council therefore, reluctantly, approached Broadland District Council (BDC) to ask them to set in motion a Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) for 3.49 acres of the Molineux family’s land (which would also include a piece of land north of the playing fields for additional recreational space). BDC refused to make the CPO saying that it is an issue which should be sorted out locally and without their intervention. (The Parish Council cannot legally make a CPO itself.)
The parish councillors were stunned and saddened by BDC’s decision and were unsure how to proceed to find new burial land for the village. Please note, therefore, that the Parish Council will not be able to accept any further requests from residents to reserve a grave space, until the Parish Council has found a new site in order to keep land available for burials, for as long as possible.
The Parish Council remains convinced that a cemetery should be provided in the village and that the land north of the current cemetery is the best, and only, site for a cemetery. The Parish Council has therefore applied again to BDC, this time for a CPO just for the land for an extension to the cemetery. This request will be considered by BDC at its Cabinet Meeting on 22nd December.
Meanwhile it would be very helpful if residents could let the Parish Council know whether or not you support the attempt to compulsorily purchase land north of the current cemetery, or whether you are aware of other land which could be used as a cemetery, or if you don’t wish the Parish Council to provide a new cemetery at all.
Please contact the clerk, Pauline James at Beech Farm, Marsh Road, Upton NR13 6BP, tel: 01493 751070, or email : Paulinejames@aol.com