Kimberley Town Council votes to move the cemetery chapel project on

Cllrs Jim McDonald and David Lunn at Kimberley cemetery chapel.
Cllrs Jim McDonald and David Lunn at Kimberley cemetery chapel.

Kimberley Town Council voted this week to proceed with the controversial cemetery chapel renovations after more than six years of discussions.

At the council meeting on Thursday November 27, Cllr Jim McDonald proposed an extraordinary meeting of the Full Council with public involvement to decide the future of the chapel.

The proposal was accepted by the council and it was agreed that the meeting would be held in December.

In a lengthy speech, Cllr McDonald detailed the history of previous discussions, and explained why they needed to take action on the plans.

He said: “We believe we have now exhausted the time for talking about this project and it is time for all of us to agree a progress to move it forward.

“We are satisfied after a lengthy consultation period, which included face to face meetings with many members of the public, that the strong opinion is to get a move on and develop the chapel.”

The council hopes to see the chapel windows replaced, the building extended and a bell tower to be installed, with the cost of the project estimated to be £40,000.

Council leader David Nunn said: “We invite people to write in with different points of view and then the town clerk will choose a few to speak for two minutes each.

“The council will then debate the proposals and reach a decision.

“It is time to move 
forward.”

A schedule of work to be done was first drawn up in September 2008.

The extraordinary meeting will be held on Thursday December 18 at 7pm.

Estimated costs for the renovation:

New floor - £7,500

Underfloor heating and electic boiler- £6,000

Disabled toilet - £1,200

New room at front of chapel - £2,600.

Kitchenette - £2,300

Electrics - £4,700

Septic tank and drainage - £7,200

Water pipe - £3,000

Building regulations - £600

Decoration - £1,100

Floor coverings - £1,800

Contingency fee - £1,900.