Controversial toilet and waste plans revived for town cemetery
- Credit: Simon Parkin
New plans have been submitted for a storage building and workman's toilets at a Norfolk cemetery despite previous proposals being dropped amid public opposition.
Diss Town Council withdrew its 2010 application for the town's cemetery that would have included storage units, a portable cabin and waste bins after it sparked a large number of objections and a petition signed by local residents.
Now fresh proposals have been submitted to South Norfolk Council to build a shipping container style maintenance cabin and two toilets in a corner of the cemetery next to Heywood Road.
In its submission, the town council states that the building would be used by the maintenance team, adding: 'It would accommodate an eating area, toilets and an area for changing into work clothes.'
The plans would also see a new waste area for rubbish collected from the town's bins and the relocation of bins currently located around the cemetery chapel.
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In its previous application the town council had highlighted problems with a lack of storage for machinery and tools with one of the cemetery chapels doubling as a workshop that unsuitable for the hazardous materials to be stored there.
The new building would be sited next to a bungalow overlooking the cemetery. Its occupant supports the plans but the revised scheme has again prompted opposition from some neighbours.
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In an objection, Beverley Blake, from Heywood Avenue, states: 'A rubbish bin site should not be located in a cemetery, as I believe this to be extremely disrespectful to those people who are buried there.
'Surely the bins can be situated in a commercial area in Diss or in the location of the football/playing fields, where they create little disturbance to anyone.'
Helaine Clare, of Fair Green, states: 'The cemetery, in my opinion, is the one remaining unspoilt part of the town; a place people visit to remember loved ones. To grant planning permission to turn it into a council storage depot is entirely inappropriate.'
Diss Town Council said the cabin and bin storage area would be screened by the existing mature trees and shrubs supplemented by additional plantings.