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A New BT Cemetery

The Ministry of Health, Sports, Youth and Culture have invited the public to the opening ceremony of the New Bodden Town Cemetery site, on Wednesday, 24 September 2014, from 5.30pm – 6.30pm.

Minister for Planning, Lands, Agriculture, Housing and Infrastructure, Hon. Kurt Tibbetts, spearheaded the project, following concerns by the district’s Members of the Legislative Assembly that the existing cemetery had reached capacity.

“While there are similar concerns in other districts, this was the most critical area,” said Minister Tibbetts.

Just east of the Bodden Town Police Station, the new site spans 3.75 acres and was purchased from last year. Following planning approvals, contracts were tendered for the construction of vaults, parking, landscaping, fencing and walls. This year, the opening ceremony will break ground for phase one of the project, which includes 24 newly constructed vaults built by Public Works (PWD).

The ceremony will also mark the official handover of all responsibility for the cemetery to the Department of Environmental Health (DEH), which is part of the Ministry of Health, Sports, Youth and Culture. All members of the public are invited to attend.

Minister for Health, Hon. Osbourne Bodden said: “Generations of our families have been buried at the original site. With the need for additional burial space becoming a pressing issue, I am pleased to see that this project will finally come to fruition.”

Both Minister Tibbetts and Minister Bodden commended the collaboration between the Public Works Department, contractors and the Department of Environmental Health, which now manages vault sales and beautification for public cemeteries.

Plans call for a continuation into an adjacent beachside property, with a capacity for more than 500 vaults. This will also include a pond, driveway, roundabout and a cabana – all to be a part of the new cemetery site.

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For further information contact: Yvette Cacho