A FEASIBILITY study is being carried out into plans for a crematorium at the Greenhill Cemetery in Omagh – more than four years after the project was given the green light.
A meeting of the Policy and Resources Committee of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council was due to hear last night (Wednesday) that the study is at an ‘advanced stage’.
It is being carried out by Peter Quinn Consultancy and comes just months after the council was accused by West Tyrone DUP MLA, Tom Buchanan, of “dragging its heels” on the project.
An independent business plan obtained by the Ulster Herald last year showed that the development could create £6 million for the local economy and create ten full-time and three part-time jobs.
The director of corporate services and governance, Celine McCartan, was due to tell this week’s meeting that the council’s legal representatives advised that a private individual or company could not currently cremate human remains, unless they were contracted to do so at a local council-owned and maintained crematorium.
“At the time of the Outline Planning application in November 2012, it was the council’s intention to offer the undeveloped site for sale on the
open market with a development
brief for a ‘state of the art’ crematorium,” she said in a report to the council.
“The brief would require the facility to be completed within a short time limit and be run and managed commercially.”
However, similar problems have been overcome at Antrim and Newtownabbey Council where a crematorium has also been planned.
The matter is due to be discussed again at the Policy and Resources Committee in June.