Initial plans for a major transformation of a borough crematorium have begun to take shape.
The first phase of a multi-million pound scheme to upgrade and refurbish Tynemouth Crematorium is set to get under way.
Cabinet members at North Tyneside Council gave the green light for the proposals, which will improve the bereavement service in the borough, to be explored.
Among the initiatives included in the programme are to upgrade the building and facilities at the crematorium, as well as the replacement of cremators at the site in North Shields.
Coun John Harrison, cabinet member for housing and the environment, said: “As a council, we are committed to supporting our residents and ensuring those who are bereaved receive the very best service and care.
“We have listened to residents, who have told us this is something which is important to them, and I am delighted we are moving forward with the plans.”
Design and survey work for the scheme is currently underway.
And included in the proposals drawn up by the council are an extension to the chapel at Tynemouth Crematorium to help accommodate extra seating.
There would also be improvements to the toilet facilities and the creation of an enclosed entrance lobby and a new waiting area.
Refurbishment of the room which holds the Book of Remembrance will also be explored in the design work, ensuring there’s room for floral displays to be placed in the same area.
Plans are also being outlined to replace the cremators at Tynemouth Crematorium, which will help to comply with the government’s target to reduce the amount of mercury emitted into the atmosphere.
Following completion of the works and upgrade to Tynemouth Crematorium, North Tyneside Council will begin drawing up an improvement plan for work to be done at Whitley Bay Crematorium next.