£250k refurbishment begins at North Devon Crematorium next month

Aspen chapel as it is now

Posted on: 13 December 2018

A major refurbishment of North Devon Crematorium’s original chapel will begin next month, over 50 years since it first opened.

The North Devon Crematorium Joint Committee, made up of councillors from North Devon and Torridge Councils, has approved a £250,000 project to significantly improve the facilities for mourners using the Aspen chapel. This is the second major investment in the facilities at the crematorium, following the completion of the new 252-seat Rowan chapel in 2016.

Work will begin on 2 January 2019 to replace or refurbishment every element of the chapel, enhance disabled access and bring the benefits of facilities like web casting, recording and video tributes to services which are currently only available in the larger chapel. The refurbishment should take 10 weeks to complete and work is expected to finish on 15 March 2019.

Chairman of North Devon Crematorium Joint Committee, Councillor Jeremy Yabsley, says: “This is something we have been planning for some years and is part of a series of improvements that began seven years ago with new cremators and abatement equipment being installed and the wonderful 252-seat Rowan Chapel in 2016.

“The aim is to retain the original charm and intimacy of Aspen chapel whilst bringing the quality of the facilities to the very highest modern standards. We are delighted to be working with our main contractor, Westcountry Maintenance Services based in Bideford and using other South West contractors to bring this project to fruition. The entire program of works has been undertaken by retaining some of the operating profits of the crematorium, ensuring there are no costs to local residents.”

Crematorium Manager, Mark Drummond says: “We have a tight 10-week program of works and, whilst there will be some disruption to parking on site, we will be temporarily moving all services to the Rowan chapel, so there will be no reduction in the availability of services during the works. I apologise in advance if for any difficulties this may cause and would ask anyone who is worried about how it affects them to get in touch with a member of staff at the crematorium, or speak to their funeral director, to see if there is anything we can do to help.”

You can contact North Devon Crematorium on 01271 345431 or email crematorium@northdevon.gov.uk.

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