DEWSBURY Moor Crematorium will re-open on September 30 – but only for one cremation a day.
Grieving families and hard-pressed funeral directors in North Kirklees have faced months of disruption and distress as refurbishments at the troubled facility have taken far longer than expected.
Work was originally due to be finished around the end of May. But after missing that deadline, Kirklees Council announced in June that problems replacing incinerators meant that it was likely to be “late July” before funerals could be held there again. That target date was not met.
The crematorium will finally be open for services from the end of September, but only for one cremation per day as part of a “continued commissioning process”.
The Council say that from Monday, October 14, bookings will increase to four a day whilst further testing and commissioning is undertaken and completion of works on site can take place.
The £3m scheme to refurbish Dewsbury and Huddersfield crematoriums includes the replacement of outdated cremator equipment and upgrading the chapels, to offer improved services for bereaved families.
It has meant that families from North Kirklees have had to go as far as Elland, Huddersfield, Leeds and Bradford in order to say a timely farewell to their loved ones.
Coun Rob Walker, Kirklees cabinet member for culture and environment, said: “It’s absolutely crucial that services like these are delivered to the very best standard.
“People deserve thoughtful and dignified services and that’s what this investment is all about. The works took longer than anticipated but with projects on this scale this can often be the case.
“If we didn’t make these improvements the equipment would be at risk of failing, which would have caused significant disruption and distress to affected families already going through a difficult time.
“I’d like to thank local funeral directors and families for their co-operation and understanding during recent months whilst the crematorium has been temporarily closed.
“I’m delighted that Dewsbury Moor Crematorium will soon be open and fully-functional again.
“These vital improvement works will offer bereaved families the very best facilities for their loved ones.”