Select Committee on Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs Memoranda

Memorandum by Tavistock Town Council (CEM 28)

  My Council has noted the content of your Press Circular of 7 November. We manage one closed and one large open cemetery, plus a medieval churchyard used for burials since the 11th century.

  My Members wish to emphasise that we have no problems with the management and funding of these services, and believe that ours may well be used as models for good practice. Our one difficulty is with the current regulation concerning Crematoria and the proximity to residential properties. This precludes our installing such a facility in Tavistock, though it would be of great benefit. Our residents instead have to travel 15 miles to Plymouth City and use their expensive facility.

  Perhaps the modern improvements in emissions control might be reflected in a change in the current (and dated) regulations?

Col R G Howard

Town Clerk

December 2000

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