Families face crematorium delays

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FAMILIES wanting to cremate their late loved-ones are facing lengthy waiting times for funerals due to essential works at Chesterfield Crematorium.

The standard week-long wait has doubled whilst equipment at the Chesterfield Road site are replaced.

A spokesperson for Chesterfield Borough Council, who own the crematorium, said: “Cremators have a life span of around 15 years and the three here have come to the end of that life span. We normally try and fit in 12 services a day, but at the moment we are only managing 10 with the works.”

Work is also underway to fit mercury filtering equipment, in line with new government legislation as UK crematoria account for 16 per cent of mercury pollution in the country from the vapourisation of tooth fillings.

But Dominic Maguire of the National Association of Funeral Directors said this is a good time of year to carry out the works. He said: “Sometimes with these works crematoriums don’t have any other option but to close. This is as good a time of year as any as it isn’t typically busy.” He added that waiting times vary across the country, from three days in Northern Ireland to three weeks in London.