This week’s Tameside Advertiser features plans from Tameside Council to install equipment at Dukinfield Crematorium which will enable them to reuse heat from the cremation incineration process to light and heat the Crematorium.
Environment Chief Robin Monk realises that the plans cover a sensitive issue and that they are unsure how local people will react but that there will be full consultation with local priests, vicars and the public before a decision is taken.
The change is been looked at due to the need for new equipment having to be installed at the Crematorium to deal with the problems of mercury been released into the atmosphere during the cremation process, and with mercury been part of tooth filings for most people over 30, unless the new filtering equipment costing over £500,000 is installed, it could be a problem for the next 30 years.
Robin Monk from Tameside Council comments that they "could just install the mercury abatement equipment and nothing else. But in this day and age we all have to look at reducing our carbon footprint."
The article finishes with comments from two local vicars with the Rev Dr Vernon Marshall, of Old Chapel, Dukinfield, saying "As a final act of generosity, it’s a lovely way for the dead to provide comfort for the living at a difficult time. "I think it’s a great idea."
Now whilst this is a service run by Tameside Council, many local residents from the Glossopdale area use the service, so please let me know If you have any views on the proposals.