COMMUNITY leaders have backed calls for a crematorium to be built in Flintshire.
Grieving families currently have to travel to Chester or Wrexham for the cremation of their loved ones but pay more in Chester than residents from Cheshire.
Last month Alyn and Deeside MP Mark Tami made a call for Flintshire Council to consider building a crematorium in Flintshire.
Now Connah’s Quay Town Council has unanimously decided to back Mr Tami in his calls.
At a recent meeting of the town council Cllr Alan Roberts said: “You are charged if you go outside of Flintshire but you have to.
“It’s about £150 extra than if you’re from Chester.”
Cllr Ron Hill said he thought Flintshire Council would only have to provide the land because the owners of the crematorium would pay for the building.
Cheshire West and Chester Council charges £420 for the cremation of an adult resident but charges £584 for the cremation of an adult non-resident – a difference of £164.
Wrexham County Borough Council charges £466 for the cremation of adult residents and non-residents.
The calls come after claims earlier this year that churchyards in Flintshire are fast reaching capacity and The Church in Wales is calling for a review of burial space in Wales.
A new municipal cemetery unveiled last June on Kelsterton Lane, Connah’s Quay, is expected to serve the area for the next 60 to 80 years.
A second municipal cemetery was opened in Hawarden in the 1960s and later expanded to help meet demand in the area.
A spokesman for Flintshire Council was unavailable for comment at the time of going to press.