Falmouth could be left without burial space as cemetery plans flounder
Falmouth residents may be forced to bury their loved ones outside the town as plans for a new cemetery flounder.
The town council has been forced to look at alternative sites as negotiations over the planned site at Bickland Water are put on hold.
Clerk Mark Williams said "It takes time to set up a cemetery and we could find ourselves unable to operate as a burial authority for 12 to 18 months."
Despite the town council having been granted permission for the scheme on two fields next to Budock Church, they have yet to buy the land.
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Mr Williams told councillors this week that while the area along Bickland is being considered for other large scale development, nothing can be done.
"We are stuck in limbo," he said. "Meanwhile the council is fast running out of space at Swanpool."
Planning permission for the Bickland site was first granted in 1996 and again in 2009, with extensions sought because of delays.
Mr Williams said: "If we cannot get this site we will have to start looking elsewhere. We have started that process and it may be that we revisit some sites we previously dismissed.