Published on
March 2, 2022

Petition launched to ‘save’ Poole Crematorium

A retired businessman has launched a petition urging BCPCouncil to install a cremator at Poole Crematorium.

The local authority is spending a large sum refurbishing the facility off Gravel Hill, but it does not include a cremator.

Bodies are currently shuttled across the conurbation to Bournemouth after the committal.

Tony Reeves, who lives in Broadstone, believes families want their loved ones cremated at the same place where the committal occurs.

He said: “The crematorium’s cremators were decommissioned two years ago and despite the council spending lots of money at the facility they will not be replaced.

“Bodies are driven to Bournemouth which is a situation that upsets many families because they like to think their loved one's final journey ends at the crematorium where the service is held.

“Bournemouth crem is already the second busiest in the country and it seems bizarre that the council doesn’t seem to be looking to the future.

“Furthermore, Poole Crematorium covers a wide area, across the Purbecks and as far west as Blandford and Dorchester.

“It’s absurd that a place the size of Poole will not have its own crematorium, but instead will just a large service chapel.

“The money the council is spending on decorating and upgrading would be far better used on installing a couple of cremators.

“The petition I have put my name to is urging the council to commit to putting in a cremator and I’d love everyone to sign it.”

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