A better base to provide a better service for north of city

A planning application has been submitted to extend the Weston Mill Cemetery and Crematorium depot to create a base for the Council’s street scene staff to better serve residents in the north of the city.

The Council is applying for a change of use on a parcel of land within the cemetery that is not suitable for burials.

It wants to extend the existing operational yard and improve the site by replacing rundown sheds and outhouses with wooden framed garages to house equipment such as tractors, small machinery and play area maintenance equipment.

The application is part of the Council’s ongoing review of its assets and depots. Earlier this year plans were announced to improve and modernise its main depot at Prince Rock.

The improvements to Weston Mill will enable the Street Scene and Waste Service to use it more as a base alongside colleagues from the Bereavement Service.

It also means staff and vehicles will spend less time travelling across the city to Prince Rock, leading to fuel savings as well as being more efficient.

Leader of the Council, Councillor Ian Bowyer said: “We are looking at every aspect of every service to see how we can save money and improve what we offer to our residents.

“Making the most of the land we have is vital to this and for a small investment, we will be in a position to improve this depot significantly as well as help us to operate more efficiently in the north of the city.”

The new structures will improve the overall impression of the site and the application also outlines plans to include sensitive planting to create a hedge which will help address the visual impact as well as encourage wildlife.

The workforce will be able to use the existing Bereavement Service welfare facilities and share office space in the existing lodge.

If approved, work would aim to start in the Autumn.