Kier Group has been awarded the contract by the East Riding of Yorkshire Council to build the new crematorium in Holderness.

At a meeting on Tuesday, 12 October 2021, the council’s cabinet gave the approval to award the contract to Kier to deliver the new £9.6 million Lelley Fields bereavement project. The new state-of-the-art facility will be situated off Lelley Road, near Preston.

This is the first East Riding of Yorkshire Council-operated crematorium to offer people a fitting and sensitive place to commemorate their loved ones.

Crematorium contract
Artist impression of Lelley Fields crematorium project c/o ERYC.

The design features include two service halls, a new woodland, a memory walk and other areas for remembrance and celebration. The project will start on site in winter 2021 and is due to be completed in early 2023.

Councillor Jonathan Owen, leader of East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “The new crematorium is a much-needed facility for Holderness and will address the unacceptable length of journeys many local residents currently face in travelling to a crematorium at what is already a stressful and challenging time. A more local, rural site will be ideal for the ever-growing population of Holderness.”

Councillor David Tucker, portfolio holder for planning, infrastructure and housing, commented: “A great deal of work has gone into reaching this exciting milestone in the project and I’m delighted that work on a new crematorium in Holderness will begin in the coming months.”

Dan Doherty, regional director at Kier Construction North & Scotland, added: “We are working closely with East Riding of Yorkshire Council to provide this excellent facility for the community. It is important that in such difficult times, those that have lost a loved one have access to the best local amenities they deserve.”

The council has suggested that the development will also support the economy through the creation of jobs and through trade for related businesses. Proposals for the crematorium received planning permission from the council’s planning committee in February 2021.

Consultation carried out by the council showed that there is strong support for the development of a new crematorium in the area; 93% of residents who responded were in favour of the development. However, local traffic campaigners have criticised the development for failing to take into account the current traffic congestion issues around nearby Preston and the possible impact of increased traffic through the village. The crematorium is likely to be a topic of conversation in the Public Meeting on the traffic situation organised by campaigners in the village for 21 October.

3 thoughts on “Contract awarded to build new ‘Lelley Fields’ crematorium

  1. This development was strongly opposed by Preston residents and Preston Parish Council particularly on the worries over increased traffic through the Main Street. At the final Planning Meeting these concerns were brushed aside and Approval was granted. At the Meeting the Committee were told the likely usage would be 3 to 4 Services a day. Subsequently ERYC have stated there could be up to FOURTEEN Services a day. The cost has escalated and it is any ones guess as to what the final figure might be. With the worst Pandemic in living memory the existing facilities have been adequate and in such difficult financial times there are many more ways to utilise these millions of public money.

  2. 93% of the population are not in favour of this development. This is a total fraud. No one is in favour of this development except for Central Government , the nations corrupt NWO Politicians and the building contractors who will profit from it.

    Why do we need industrial scale crematoriums to be built up and down the country? And why do we need one to be built on the outskirts of the City of Hull?

    Are any of you waking up yet as to what is really taking place here?

    Government mandated Mass murder is coming, by cremating the bodies you destroy the evidence of the cause of death.

  3. One of the main objections, Ray, was that there was no provision for pedestrian access to the crematorium. In actual fact, the only ‘safe’ way to get to the crematorium is by car, which is a bit hypocrytical of ERYCC as, in their reply to my question at the Full Council Meeting on 6 October, Cllr Owen stated that the growth in the level of traffic flow is ‘a result of the population’s desire to travel by car’! They are providing bike lockers but who in their right mind would wish to cycle along those roads, where two 60 mph roads intersect? Anyone wishing to arrive by bus would still need to walk to the site, despite there being no pavements or street lighting!

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