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Residents can plan ahead and save money on funeral costs in Bromsgrove District, after a cemetery expansion created enough new reserve grave plots for them to be available for advance purchase.

Bromsgrove District Council is now offering a limited number of ‘purchase in reserve’ full graves after expanding North Bromsgrove Cemetery on Barley Mow Lane.

The graves are within the existing mature section of the cemetery, are on 75 year leases, and include rights to erect memorials.

Cllr Margaret Sherry, Bromsgrove District Council’s portfolio holder for Health and Well Being and Environmental Services, said: “In some parts of the country buying a burial plot is increasingly difficult or even impossible, due to a lack of available burial space. It’s a concern for many people. But in Bromsgrove we have planned ahead, invested in expanded burial space, and bucked that national trend. It means we are now able to help people to plan, and to combat funeral poverty and inflation, by purchasing graves in advance. People can choose to ‘fix’ a big part of the cost of burial at today’s prices if they wish.”

Mike Birkinshaw, Bromsgrove District Council’s Bereavement Services Manager, added: “We now have about eighty years’ worth of space, and being able to offer reserve graves will help us to help people plan for the ever rising costs of funerals.”

Bromsgrove District Council invested £293,000 in the extension to local cemetery space, in works that were completed this year.

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