Daventry’s Welton Road Cemetery has been transferred from Daventry District Council to Daventry Town Council.
It means the Town Council now has responsibility for funeral bookings as well as the Cemetery’s management and maintenance.
The transfer of the Cemetery on 17 January is a defining moment in the Town Council’s history as it pledges to provide a high quality, cost effective, personal service and a peaceful location for quiet contemplation and reflection.
It follows an agreement between the Councils in July 2019 over the transfer of a number of the services and assets local to Daventry town.
Daventry’s Market was the first to be transferred in November last year, and with the transfer of the cemetery now complete, street furniture in the Town is expected to follow later this month.
The remainder of the Town’s local open green spaces and play areas (including the New Street Recreation Ground) will also be transferred assuming Parliament approves the legislation necessary to establish the West Northamptonshire Council, which would replace the District and County Councils.
Cllr Mike Arnold, Chair of Daventry Town Council and Mayor of Daventry, said “All members agreed that Welton Road Cemetery is a fundamental part of Daventry’s heritage and an extremely important asset and service that the Town Council will be responsible for as it looks ahead and starts planning its future within the new unitary West Northamptonshire Council.”
Cllr David James, Daventry District Council’s Economic, Regeneration and Employment Portfolio Holder said: “Daventry District Council is pleased to help secure the future of these local services by putting them in the hands of Daventry Town Council. We believe that in the context of the changes ahead of us they will best be managed by those directly responsible to the people of the Town.”
For information on burials or interments in Welton Road Cemetery, Daventry, please contact Daventry Town Council on 01327 301246 or email firstname.lastname@example.org