I'm not sure how it has been received so far. I received a letter through my door convincing members of the village to argue against the plans, and there is a poster near the area convincing people of the same. Other than that it's difficult to know whether the majority are for or against the plans, particularly if they are convincing that there will be jobs available.
I was concerned that houses would be built on the land instead. In talking to some others it's become clear that due to flooding the area it's very very unlikely that houses would be built there.
Anyway, to get my head round it I'll outline the key arguments and state my personal views on each point.
- It's near a school and children will be upset seeing hearses go past all the time. To be honest, it's not that near the schools and I don't think children would particulary care about seeing hearses. Children generally aren't as disturbed by death as adults are in my opinion and they would quickly get used to the sight of funeral cars.
- Traffic will increase in the village. The village is fairly small and doesn't have many through roads so I agree that this could be an issue. They have said funerals would finish at 4pm, so it might not affect rush hour. People are concerned that families would be visiting graves at any time increasing traffic. I don't think this would be a big issue. However, I think there is enough traffic in Great Glen at the moment and any more would be a negative for the village particularly as cars would have to drive through the centre.
- It could increase business in the village. I imagine the two pubs that are close to the spot would improve in business due to being used to after the funeral get-togethers. That would be a plus for local business. However, it might also spoil the country feel of the pubs or make them less accessible. As far as I know neither pub has a function room ready for funeral groups.
- It could increase jobs. I don't imagine it would have a massive impact on jobs for those living in the village as it is a fairly specialist industry. It could however impact on the funeral home already in Great Glen. I'm not sure if it would impact in a positive or negative way though.
- It will look tasteful and modern. It may well look tasteful and modern, but the fields that are already there look pretty beautiful already.
- The land already there is being wasted. It's not my land so I can't really comment on how much it costs to keep this land. I don't think any crops are currently being grown in the fields there. There are a few cows kept in the field there which uses that land. Part of the land seems to be linked to a house at the top of the hill and I can't imagine they would be over excited at the thought a cemetery (or perhaps car park) at the end of their garden. The land is much used by local dog walkers, and we love it!
I think it's clear to see that I would rather not have the crematorium in place. Obviously I'm biased, and would love to continue using the land to walk on and enjoy. I walk there every day and it was a big part of the reason I wanted to move to Great Glen as it's the only place I can really walk my dog without the fear of him chasing sheep. I'll try and take some photos of the exhibition so I can share with you what it showed.
If you're interested to see a similar situation, my Mum lives near to a village called Lambley in Nottingham where they have exactly the same issue. They want to build on the Lambley Dumbles, which is a lovely walk in the local area. If you're interested, here is some more information... Lambley opposition and Lambley details. Perhaps we could work together and write to each other's councils to increase the number of votes against the new plans?!
What are your personal reasons for wanting, or not wanting, a crematorium in Great Glen?
If you don't live in Leicester, how would you feel if they were building in your local area?