Work is about to start on a programme of improvements at a crematorium in south east Northumberland.
Northumberland County Council is investing £1.5m in Blyth Crematorium in Cowpen in a project aimed at upgrading ageing equipment, improving efficiency and making important enhancements to the service provided to families.
The project has begun with extending the car parking area, which will initially house some equipment during the construction phase, but it will subsequently provide an extended and improved quality car parking area.
Ageing equipment within the crematorium itself will be replaced, which the council believe will also improve environmental efficiency and save on long-term running costs.
Coun Deidre Campbell said: “When families come to us at such an emotional time for them we want to be sure that everything will go smoothly and that they will receive a first class service.
“This improvement programme will allow us to provide a high quality and efficient service for many years to come. It will ensure that the crematorium and all its equipment are in line with all current day standards, and are modern and up to date.”
“We will be working very closely with our contactors to make sure that any disruption is kept to an absolute minimum.”