Historic Cemetery Pavilion building to be returned to service – NELC

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North East Lincolnshire Council is submitting a planning application to restore Scartho Cemetery Lodge and return it to use.

Restoration plans for the 19th century building will be submitted in the coming weeks.

Restoration of Scartho Cemetery Lodge, which was designed by EW Farebrother in the Gothic Revival style and completed in 1888, will remove it from the heritage register ‘at risk’.

Construction work to bring the lodge and nearby waiting room back into service is expected to take between 18 months and two years.

The Scartho Cemetery Lodge and waiting room buildings stood empty near the cemetery gates for about 15 years.

The nearby chapel is currently being restored and the gates were refurbished in 2019. The chapel, gates and pavilion were Grade II listed in 1998 and are listed as being of national significance.

The restoration of the Cemetery Lodge is the final part of the bereavement services transformation project.

Cllr Stewart Swinburn, environment and transport portfolio holder at North East Lincolnshire Council, said:

“We are committed to improving our services to bereaved families and we put their interests at the heart of what we do.

“Recent upgrades include the Treasured Memories pet crematorium, car park extension, restoration of the cemetery chapel and gates, and the Reflections tea room in the Crematorium Lodge, which is due to open later this summer.

“Once restored, Cemetery Lodge will become the location for our new simple funeral service.

“Simple funerals are a relatively new concept where the Council provides a dignified yet affordable funeral service to bereaved families.

“The restoration of this attractive but unused building near the cemetery gates will complete the restoration of the entrance area and restore it to its former glory.”

In 2018, the Council committed approximately £5m of funding over a five-year program to remove eight Council-owned assets from the ‘at risk’ heritage register.

Since then, the funding has helped repair and restore the Grimsby Cenotaph, Grimsby Cemetery Gates and Welholme Galleries, removing these assets from the register.

Scartho Cemetery Chapel and Lodge are the last two council-owned buildings on the register.

Cabinet members agreed in April 2021 to allocate around £467,000 of ‘at risk’ Heritage funding to restore the lodge and £206.00 to restore the waiting room and toilets opposite.

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