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Plans submitted for multi-faith cemetery in Romford

PUBLISHED: 17:14 13 November 2014 | UPDATED: 17:14 13 November 2014

Residents are protesting against plans for a multi-faith cemetery adjacent to Maylands Golf Course

Residents are protesting against plans for a multi-faith cemetery adjacent to Maylands Golf Course

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Controversial plans to build a multi-faith cemetery next to a popular golf course have been submitted to Havering Council.

Monument Property Investments wants to use 27 hectares of land next to Maylands Golf Club in Romford, off the A12 dual-carriageway, for the new burial ground.

The plans include a chapel of rest, burial grounds, access roads and tracks, car-parking and footpaths.

Tony Manley, of the nearby Woodstock Avenue, is manager of the neighbourhood watch team.

He spoke to the Recorder shortly after a question and answer session about the plans in September and said there was “major concern among residents” about the effect on the A12 traffic.

He said: “We already have major problems when Brook Street roundabout jams up and the effect on the A12 at the bottom of our turning is massive, we can wait up to three hours in some cases.

“The cemetery will only make matters worse,” he continuned. “The value of properties in our road will go down.

“We all moved to this part of the area so we could look out over countryside and watch the South Weald deer roam freely at the bottom of our gardens. What will happen to them?”

The planning documents explain the application is supported by a transport assessment, with traffic, transport and highway implications all considered and explain that one more vehicle per minute will be using the access off the A12.

“Those are pie in the sky numbers,” said Tony this week. “They have just installed a new speed camera on the A12 – it’s an accident hot spot. Why would they invest in a camera if it wasn’t?”

Another report in the application argues it is “very clear” there is a “desperate need for significant additional burial space within the east London area”, and there are “no other suitable sites” available.

The conclusion is based on the 2012 census, in which Havering topped a list recording the number of deaths in east London boroughs with 2,241.

Havering Council will make a decision on the proposals by February 5 next year.

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