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Emstrey Crematorium rescue bid on council agenda

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Shrewsbury Town Council wants to take over the running of the Emstrey Crematorium amid fears it will be sold off by Shropshire Council in a multi-million pound deal.

Bosses of the unitary authority said last year they were considering off-loading the site and the town’s cemetery in a bid to find ways of saving £65 million over the next three years.

It came after it was revealed a bill of up to £1.5m would be due to replace crematorium equipment to cut mercury emissions caused by dental fillings, on top of an expected bill of about £600,000 for building works.

The town council will meet on January 24, when details of a proposed tender will be discussed as an exempt item.

Councillor Peter Nutting, from Shrewsbury Town Council, said: “It’s quite a complex issue but we are getting our facts and figures together and hopefully we will be making a serious bid to run the crematorium at some point in the future.”

Councillor Nutting, who is also a member of Shropshire Council, said the proposed bid could also include the running of churchyards and cemeteries in the area.

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