Executive Member for Environment and Commercial Services Minutes

Executive Member for Environment and Commercial Services Minutes

Date:
Wednesday 5 July 2017
Time:
1:45 p.m.
Place:
Stainsby Room, Town Hall, Middlesbrough
 

Attendance Details

Present:
Councillor T Harvey
Officers:
Susie Blood, Martin Harvey, Geoff Field and Andrew Pain
Item Number Item/Resolution
PUBLIC
17/1 PROPOSED INVESTMENT IN MIDDLESBROUGH CREMATORIUM

The Executive Director for Growth and Place submitted a report that sought approval for planned capital investment at Middlesbrough Crematorium comprising;

 

  • refurbishment of St Hilda’s Chapel
  •  construction of external canopies to St Bede’s/St Hilda’s Chapel
  •  essential structural repairs to the Chapel of Rest

 

The report also sought approval to fund the capital works from Bereavement Services revenue budget over a 10 year period.
 

The report outlined that the Council was very proud of its crematorium at Acklam together with the associated grounds and cemetery. However it also recognised the need to upgrade and maintain the existing facilities to a high standard in order to provide a compelling commercial offer to both the town and the wide Tees Valley.

 

 Following the principles of the customer strategy, it was crucial that we maintain a sensitive crematoria offer. At present on a yearly basis the crematorium undertakes around 3100 cremations. Having an excellent offer at the crematorium was important in supporting families through what is a very stressful and challenging time.

 

The report also outlined that a further challenge that gives reason for the investment outlined below was the planned crematoria due to be built in Stockton. This would increase the level of choice for families in respect of which crematoria to use. This means that ongoing investment in the amenities at the crematoria are required to keep a pace with market developments.

 

In the last couple of years, and with the support of Scrutiny we have embarked on a number of major initiatives at the crematorium;

  • significant improvements to the grounds through the creation of new planted / rockery area to the approaches to the chapels.
  •  major refurbishment of St Bede’s Chapel which included new lighting, decoration, sound system and soft furnishings.
  • installation of improved broadband capacity to support an increased digital offer in terms of recording /streaming ceremonies.
  • Implementation of a digital strategy in terms of improved customer interface, digital record keeping and grave mapping, which can be accessed more widely by the public via the internet.
     

Three key areas have been identified as requiring further investment , further details of which were outlined in the report:

  1.  St Hilda’s Chapel
  2. Construction of Canopies to both Chapels
  3. Essential Structural Repairs to the Chapel
     

ORDERED

 

1. That the proposed capital investment works at Middlesbrough Crematorium be approved  comprising;

  • refurbishment of St Hilda’s Chapel
  • construction of external canopies to St Bede’s/St Hilda’s Chapel
  • essential structural repairs to the Chapel of Rest

2. Seek approval to fund the capital works from Bereavement Services revenue budget over a 10 year period.

 

REASONS

 

The decisons were supported by the following reasons:

 

  1. Ongoing investment in the facility is needed to strengthen the current commercial offer and retain income in an increasingly competitive market.
  2. Essential repairs to the Chapel of Rest are required to safeguard an important feature of the Acklam complex.
  3. These works are part of an integrated investment programme, supported by Scrutiny to bring the facilities up to current standards in terms of amenities and the associated technology.


 

The decision(s) will come into force after five working days following the day the decision(s) were published unless the decision becomes subject to the call in procedures.
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