Dundrod residents angry at cemetery proposals

Fundraisers at Bow Street
Fundraisers at Bow Street

Plans by Belfast City Council for a huge cemetery in Dundrod have met strong opposition from local residents.

A spokesman for Belfast City Council said they have been “undertaking feasibility studies” in Dundrod “to assess its potential suitability for development as a cemetery site”.

“The council has not made any commitment to acquire the site at Dundrod, nor entered into any legal agreement to do so,” he said.

“A report will be brought back to the Parks and Leisure Committee in autumn to determine next steps.”

Lisburn DUP councillor James Tinsley said the prospect of a massive graveyard in Dundrod has proved controversial.

The council spokesman said they have been seeking to develop 70 acres of land for cemetery use “which would be expected to accommodate around 24,250 graves”.

He said that in the meantime the council had “acquired additional land at Roselawn” and “at the current rate of burial there is sufficient land available at that location to meet the burial needs of Belfast for approximately the next 35 years”.