Creamtorium service delays

The number of funerals held at Dewsbury Moor Crematorium has more than halved during upgrade works.

Since renovation work began in April, the crematorium’s capacity has reduced from 11 funerals a day to just five, meaning longer waits for mourners to get the service times they want.

Some funeral directors are being forced to conduct services at crematoriums outside the area.

Kirklees Council said the renovation work at the Heckmondwike Road site was to improve parking facilities, alongside interior refurbishments.

Funeral director Richard Fearnley said there were service time restrictions – with up to one and a half hour intervals between funerals – which have been put into force to help overcome traffic volume and parking problems.

Marshals have also been used to manage traffic.

Mr Fearnley, who runs funeral directors in Mirfield and Dewsbury, said: “This necessary measure has regrettably caused funerals to be delayed for up to two weeks”.

But a spokeswoman from the council said the number of daily services would increase to seven from next week and that there were service times available.

She added: “The crematorium is currently undergoing unavoidable improvement work which will be finished by July.”

Two week’s ago, the Reporter published a letter from grieving reader Paul Croft, of Liversedge, who complained about the ‘total mess’ unfolding daily at the crematorium.

The council said the problems he experienced were because two large funerals took place within an hour.

But this week on our Twitter page, reader Shaun Maddox said: “I attended a funeral at the crem last Thursday. No problems. Staff very helpful.”