Monday, 2 April 2012

6 months later ...... look out for report on Friday 27 April!

Well, six months have passed.
And anyone who had responded to Southwark's consultation by email, should have received this tantalising message last week:

Dear Consultee,
Thank you very much for taking part in the Council's public consultation on 'The Future of Southwark's Cemeteries', last year. We were pleased to have received just under 1,000 questionnaire responses and 170 people attended public meetings throughout the 3 month consultation. *

Responses have now been collated and the consultation report together with our proposed burial strategy will be reviewed by the council's Overview and Scrutiny Committee on Tuesday 8th May 2012 before it goes to Cabinet in June.

The report, the Future Burial Strategy, will be published and available to view on the council's website from Friday 27th April 2012 and the committee would be interested to hear from anyone who wishes to make points which they feel have not been addressed so far.

Please email any comments to by Friday 4th May 2012.
With regards
Deborah McKenzie
Service Development Officer (Parks)
Tel: 020 7525 0870
Mob: 07903 261 253

*Just for the record ...
the Friends group was informed by a number of people who tried to submit an online questionnaire during the last week of the consultation only to find it not possible. 
Also, we have more like three thousand petition signers who support the Rec not being used for burial! 

The South London Press (16 March, p 13) reported that work is to begin in June/July in Camberwell Old Cemetery to create 1750 new burial spaces. 
This is estimated to last 5 years!