Council chiefs say they have reached an agreement to ensure people can be buried at Burntwood Cemetery even if they live outside the area.

Leaders of Burntwood Town Council and Hammerwich Parish Council have come to an agreement on the St Matthew’s Road site.

The facility was opened in 2007 for people living within the boundaries of the parish of Burntwood.

But an agreement has now been reached to open up the site under new terms which align to other cemetery sites.

The council’s website outlines how plot fees are quadrupled for non-residents of the parish of Burntwood.

Councillor Vance Wasdell, chairman of Hammerwich Parish Council, said:

“We are very pleased to hear that Burntwood Town Council burial ground is now open to non-Burntwood residents on the same basis as other public cemeteries.

“We fully support the financial terms which respect the investment made by Burntwood Town Council to provide this amenity and hope and expect this will resolve some past problems.

“I would also express my thanks to all members of both Burntwood Town Council and Hammerwich Parish Council for resolving this matter.”

Cllr Vance Wasdell, chairman of Hammerwich Parish Council

Burntwood Town Council has begun a regular series of meetings with neighbouring councils, including Hammerwich, Norton Canes, Heath Hayes and Wimblebury.

Cllr Sue Woodward, leader of the town council, said the discussions had allowed progress to be made on issues such as cycle and walking networks.

“This is a really good example of constructive partnership working.

“I’m pleased that we have now managed to address, through consensus, some long-term issues which were marring positive working relations and that we’ve established a really good rapport with our closest parish council neighbours.

“I thank all of the Hammerwich councillors involved and look forward to working together in the future.”

Cllr Sue Woodward, leader of Burntwood Town Council

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