Views sought on graveyard at Bringelly

LIVERPOOL Council is consulting with neighbouring residents before deciding on the stage two development of the cemetery at Bringelly.

During last week's council meeting, the council heard from two residents who were keen to ensure the site's impact on their lives and the environment would be minimal.

Stage one of the non-denominational cemetery was approved in January 2013 by the Land And Environment Court, with the stipulation that the second stage return to the council for approval.

This application includes a detailed plan for the site, located off Greendale Road.

If approved it would see the creation of 44,312 internments [of which 6,474 are double-depth burial plots], a caretakers' lodge, funeral director's office, walled gardens and elevated nature walks and paths.

The plan also sets out the widening of Greendale Road and the construction of a 161-space car park.

Dianne Newell, whose property shares the western boundary of the site, asked that the council seriously consider site screening.

She called for hedges to be planted and maintained, to block her view of activities on the site.

Another resident, Cheryle Keane, asked the council to look closely at environmental factors. She also objected to a proposed external stone wall bounding a garden area, which could be as high as seven metres in some sections.

Councillor Peter Harle was successful in his motion to defer the matter, pending further discussion with residents.

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