Thursday, 17 June 2021

Cheaper burials for Bix folk

RESIDENTS of Bix parish are set to have charges reduced for being buried in Henley.

RESIDENTS of Bix parish are set to have charges reduced for being buried in Henley.

The village does not have its own graveyard so villagers are buried at Fair Mile Cemetery, which is owned by the town council.

The current rules state that people who have not been resident in Henley for five years are charged treble the burial rate.

But now the council is to consider charging the residents of Bix the same as those from Henley as the cemetery falls within their parish boundary.

The basic burial fee for Henley residents at the cemetery is £225 for the traditional, lawn memorial and green burial sections.



Councillor Kellie Hinton said she agreed that the rules should be relaxed for residents of Bix, saying: “We work well with Harpsden so why not why Bix as well?”

Councillor David Nimmo Smith confirmed the cemetery is in Bix parish, adding: “We are trespassing in the nicest possible way.”

The committee agreed that there should be no increases in burial charges for 2016. A final decision will be made by the full council.

• Plans have been drawn up to double the amount of burial space at Reading Cemetery in Caversham. The site has been used as a cemetery since 1927 but will run out of burial space in about 12 years. The borough council is considering using one hectare of adjacent land to extend the lifespan to 24 years.



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