Ellon cemetery plans deferred

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COUNCILLORS have decided to send plans for a new cemetery in Ellon back to the drawing board, after concerns about aspects of the proposal.

A new cemetery is needed, it was argued, on the basis that lairs can no longer be reserved in the town’s current burial ground. Aberdeenshire’s planners had agreed to a design with capacity for more than 2,000 burials north of Balmacassie Industrial Estate. In addition, there would be a new 50mph speed limit on the Ellon bypass to aid safe turning into the new facility.

However, Cllr Gillian Owen, who has long sought reduced speed on the road, argued that a 50 limit remained too high for the development, and that the facility would require a further speed reduction in order for safe turning.

“Don’t get me wrong, I’m grateful for 50mph,” she said. “But it needs to come down further.”

Cllr Cryle Shand asked Roads engineer Graeme Steel if provision of a stacking lane was feasible, however Mr Steel appeared to rule this out on the basis of expense, and a reduced speed limit on the basis that traffic would divert through the town centre

Area Manager Keith Newton added, in addition, his belief that the facility should have toilets and a shelter, which are not on the plans as they are.

Councillors deferred a decision pending revisions.