Consultation to be held on crematorium

There will be a community council consultation meeting on the proposed crematorium in Crathes on Wednesday, May 15.

The Crathes Durris Drumoak Community Council is holding a public meeting at 7.30 pm in the Crathes Hall to review the proposed application and gather local opinions.

All members of the community are invited to attend.

The developers have held no previous consultation on the bid and community members will have their first chance to have their say at the meeting.

The Piper previously reported on the plan put forward by architect group WCP architects, who submitted a planning application to Aberdeenshire Council for the new site on behalf of Brian Smith Funeral Services Limited.

If the plan goes ahead the site will be the only crematorium in Aberdeenshire.

The nearest crematorium for many in the area is on the outskirts of Aberdeen, situated off the B9119, Skene Road about four miles west of the city centre.

The proposed site, which is owned by Leys Estate, has been deemed appropriate for the development by the group due to its transport links, near to key settlements and is centrally located in Aberdeenshire.

Ann Ross of the Crathes Durris Drumoak Community Council said: “We are not sure what the feeling in the community to the development is like so we are holding the public meeting.

“We will be passing on the opinions we here to (Aberdeenshire) council so we hope to see a big turnout.”

She added:: “This is an opportunity for the residents of the community to express their views. It is a large development and it is the responsibility of the community council to represent the views of the community on this.”

The proposed crematorium will comprise a Chapel to accommodate up to 100 mourners together with a Garden of Remembrance, car parking and landscaping. It is proposed that the crematorium will provide up to four cremations per day.

A statement released by WCP architects said: “The design by WCP architects has been inspired by its woodland setting and the symbolism provided by the surrounding landscape.

“The concept of nature, its endless philosophy of recreation, living and dying is very fitting for the organic form of the crematorium; a modern contemporary timber clad building.”

When the Piper raised the issue on Facebook at the end of April comments were mostly positive towards the application.

Maureen Mutch commented: “Great news, no need for Deeside families to make the journey to Aberdeen.”

Jenny Dingwall said: “A great plan... it will save the journey to town as a lot of older folk are put off by the busy roads . I think it would be a great asset to the Shire.”