FUNERAL services will be held on weekends at a council cemetery after new regulations were agreed.
Chelmsford Council’s cabinet members discussed the proposals on Tuesday.
The plans were drawn up following a report concerning the council-run cemetery and crematorium in Writtle Road.
The report consulted with residents about what changes could be made to the site.
Following suggestions in the report, the facility, which handles around 2,200 cremations and 150 burials each year, will hold more services on weekends.
An interim fee of £750 for a weekend service was agreed, to be reviewed at a later date.
Ian Grundy, councillor responsible for safer communities, said: “For some time we have been receiving inquiries about doing services on the weekend.”
As well as the weekend services, work has also started on increasing the capacity of the crematorium’s south chapel by 40 seats.
It has also been announced an open day will be held on September 10, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the cemetery.
During the event, the public will be able to look behind the scenes.
Visitors will be able to look at how a service is organised.
They will also be able to meet experts and talk about how to deal with grief after the death of a loved one, as well as will making.
A memorial service will also take place on the day inside the south chapel, which people will be able to watch using a webcam set up.
Mr Grundy said it is hoped the day, along with the other changes taking place, will increase the awareness of the cemetery to the public.
He added: “There is a determination at this council to raise the profile of the cemetery, along with improving the services available to residents.”