A CREMATORIUM is to be expanded with modern equipment and more office space.
The work is planned for Bron y Nant crematorium near Mochdre.
The scheme would involve installing equipment to cut mercury emissions, demolishing an existing machine room and lobby and building a single storey extension, and an extension between the chapel and existing offices for extra space.
A new access road off Glan-y-Wern Road would also be built and a disused chapel would be turned back from a storeroom into a chapel for services.
Conwy County Council planning committee was due to study the proposals on Wednesday afternoon.
Council officers recommended that the committee members grant planning permission for the improvements, and that they authorise the development and building control manager to determine the application with delegated powers.
The crematorium will remain open during the works.
A council officers’ report states: “The environment department intends the crematorium to comply with Government targets on mercury emissions through the introduction of mercury abatement equipment.”
Cllr Roger Parry, who represents Llandrillo yn Rhos ward, welcomed the investment and said it will serve a large population, including people in Rhos on Sea, Llandudno, Abergele, Colwyn Bay and the Conwy Valley.
Conwy county has more residents over retirement age than any other of Wales’s 22 counties, with 26.9% of its population over the age of 65.
He said: “A lot of older people settle in this county, and in this ward in particular, and there are fewer people being buried because there are not enough plots.”