New Larne cemetery plan focus of virtual public meeting

A virtual public meeting to discuss  proposals for the new Larne cemetery is being planned by Mid and East Antrim Council for March 25.

By The Newsroom
Friday, 12th February 2021, 6:45 pm

A £2.1m cemetery is planned for land at Old Glenarm Road adjacent to Carnfunnock Country Park.

Speaking at the council’s Direct Services Committee, director of Operations Philip Thompson said that information will be online and the local authority is considering how to reach those without “electronic means”.

The meeting will be held to hear the thoughts and views of the local community on proposals.

Larne's main cemetery

If the plan is given the go-ahead by the local authority’s Planning Committee, it will be located on the right side of the road towards Ballygally to accommodate between 4,000 and 6,000 plots.

The council anticipates that the new facility will have a capacity to meet burial requirements for the next 80 years while the town’s main cemetery in Craigyhill is expected to reach capacity in four years with 250 plots remaining.

It is understood that local clergy are supportive of the development. Click here to read

Previously, the local authority had been considering a location at Brustin Brae Road in Larne.

The plan was shelved in 2015 after a number of issues were investigated following a groundwater survey at the proposed site. Residents had concerns regarding poor roads infrastructure, parking, public safety, litter, pollution and privacy.

Michelle Weir, Local Democracy Reporter

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