Eastwood Cemetery Chapel to be restored for community use after arson attack

Fire at Eastwood Cemetery chapel, off Chewton Street.
Fire at Eastwood Cemetery chapel, off Chewton Street.

It was announced this afternoon that the Eastwood cemetery chapel will be restored with new facilities for community use after an arson attack severley damaged the building.

At a cabinet meeting on Tuesday night, Broxtowe Borough Council’s voted unanimously to restore the building so that it could be used by local residents again.

In April this year the cemetery chapel was several damaged by a fire believed to be caused by arson.

As part of the restoration works the chapel will be reconstructed, with the addition of a water supply, sewerage, DDA compliant toilet and kitchen facilities, insulation, lighting, parking and heating.

Leader of Broxtowe Borough Council, Councillor Milan Radulovic said: “I am delighted that this historic building will be retained as a local landmark and would like to thank Broxtowe residents for their support.

“The Council has an open mind and is willing to consider a wide range of ideas to help bring the site into community use once the restoration works have been completed.”

Since the fire, a number of major works have been undertaken including brickwork and stonework repair and stabilisation, structural steelwork erection, re-roofing and additional security fencing.

A public consultation took place in June with around 2,000 residents in the vicinity of the chapel were consulted on possible options for the site in June where the preferred option was to restore and develop the chapel so it could be made available for community use.

The Cabinet then agreed to undertaken a financial appraisal.

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