The Daily Echo has picked up on our petition and it has written an article about it
In the article, there is a response from the leader of BCP. This is the first time we have had any official response from the council, maybe they will start taking notice.
The article says:
BCP Council leader Cllr Drew Mellor said in a statement: "As part of Phase Two of the Bereavement Services Business Plan, options for the future facilities at Poole Crematorium will be considered by the cabinet in September.
“This administration remains committed to providing cremator services at this site, and is finalising details ready for this paper.
“We appreciate the importance our residents place on the right time, place and space to grieve during times of bereavement. This is exactly why we continue with the much-needed improvements to Poole’s crematorium and why we continue to make sure Bournemouth Crematorium remains a welcoming location for services and cremations
Nick Douch, managing director of Douch Family Funeral Directors, which has seven branches in east Dorset, said “With no cremators at Poole, deceased bodies have to be shuttled to Bournemouth.
“Bournemouth already has the second busiest crematorium in the country so not to replace Poole’s cremators seems bizarre, especially when given the amount they are spending on it.
“Relatives want their loved ones cremated in the place where the service is held – they don’t like the idea of them being driven across the conurbation.
“Without a cremator it would be wrong to describe the Poole facility as a crematorium. It is just a service chapel.
“For the money they are spending they could easily install a cremator and we are confused as to why they aren’t.”
He said Poole Crematorium serves an area of more than 250,000 people and his firm was now arranging funerals in other areas where there were cremators.
We have also received enquiries from other news outlets, including the BBC. We could not have gotten this far without all the support from the public. So please keep sharing and let's keep the pressure on the Council to Save Poole Crem!
Read the full article here.