CALLS have been made for a crematorium to be built in Flintshire to save residents hundreds of pounds and reduce stress.
Currently anyone in the county wishing to cremate a loved one has to travel across the border to Chester Crematorium in Blacon– and pay £164 more than a Cheshire West and Chester constituency resident.
The only other alternatives are to travel to Pentrebychan in Wrexham or Colwyn Bay.
He told the Chronicle Flintshire residents should have the right to be put to rest in the place where they were born and raised.
He said: “They should not have to travel to neighbouring constituencies in order to be cremated. It is a difficult time for any family but a more local crematorium could help to ease some of the financial and emotional strains.”
Mr Tami suggested a crematorium operated by Flintshire County Council on a site yet to be identified would allow them to set rates which could financially help residents during an emotional time.
The base rate to cremate a Flintshire resident who is over 18 years old at Chester Crematorium is £584 – £164 more than a resident of Cheshire West and Chester constituency would pay.
In Wrexham it costs £466 for all people over the age of 13 to be cremated and in Colwyn Bay it’s £530 for non-residents of Conwy County Borough Council.
Sealand councillor Chris Jones knows first-hand how these extra costs can effect families.
She said: “My mother-in-law died in June. She lived in Afonwen and was cremated in Chester. When you lose a loved one you are full of grief and the last thing you need is extra expense on top of everything else.
“We desperately need a crematorium in Flintshire. Grave yards are filling up fast and if we had our own crematorium operated by the county we would not be penalised financially and have to travel outside of Flintshire.”
Mr Tami has written to Flintshire County Council highlighting his concerns.
A spokesman for Flintshire County Council said: “We have received Mr Tami’s letter and will be considering the issues he has raised.”
Now Alyn and Deeside MP Mark Tami is demanding Flintshire has its own crematorium and is calling on the county council to run it.