Burial Plots

MQT on 2007-01-30
Session date: 
January 30, 2007
Question By: 
Andrew Pelling
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


What can be done to increase the number of places in and around Greater London available for burial?


Answer for Burial Plots

Answer for Burial Plots

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I have supported proposals by the former London Planning Advisory Committee, the Confederation of Burial Authorities, the Institute of Burial and Cremation Administration and the Corporation of London to change burial law to allow the re-use of old graves. I have supported the Government's consultation proposals to secure this change. The re-use of old graves is the only way that the choice of burial can continue to be provided to Londoners in the medium and long term. This is particularly important to some communities in London, such as Muslims and Jews, for whom burial is the only acceptable option. Given the growing use of open land for leisure and recreation, the extension of existing cemeteries or the provision of new ones are not acceptable long-term options,. Re-use is the sustainable way forward. It will enable London continuously to recycle its burial space without encroaching further on other open land such as farms and playing fields. It has the additional advantage of restoring income to closed burial grounds and cemeteries that have fallen into disrepair.