Exhibition outlines proposed Lambley crematorium (updated)

CONFIRMATION of a proposal to build a new crematorium and burial ground at Catfoot Lane, Lambley, came with the delivery of leaflets to houses in the village inviting residents to attend a public exhibition.

Westerleigh Group is a developer and operator of cemetaries and crematoria located as far afield as West Lothian and Torquay. It takes its name from the Westerleigh crematorium and cemetery near Bristol, and currently operates 18 sites.

The leaflets posted in Lambley over the last couple of days provide little information:

A public exhibition is to be held relating to the proposed development at Catfoot Lane, Lambley, on Thursday 26 April, 3pm-8pm.

Mellish RFC, War Memorial Ground, Mapperley Plains, Nottingham NG3 5RX.

Please come along and see the emerging plans. Members of the project team will be on hand to answer any questions and listen to your views. Comment forms will be available for you to feed your ideas into the design, prior to submission of a planning application.

If you are unable to attend, please feel free to email your comments to: revans@westerleighgroup.co.uk

The leaflet includes a small aerial image showing the location of the proposed crematorium (we’ve redrawn this below as the company’s leaflet would not reproduce well). The site is near the western end of Catfoot Lane, almost abutting the rear of the Traveller’s Rest pub.

Dumbles.co.uk will provide more information on this project as it becomes available, and will report on the exhibition on Thursday. To keep abreast of developments, you can sign up for our free weekly email newsletter, follow us on Twitter, or like us on Facebook.

UPDATE 25 APRIL, 10.10am: Latest information received at dumbles.co.uk headquarters is that the leaflets delivered around Lambley, Mapperley, and surrounding areas were copied and posted by local residents to draw attention to the crematorium plan, and not by Westerleigh. The company had only dropped leaflets into the dozen or so letterboxes closest to the site, according to our source.

UPDATE No2 25 APRIL 5pm: Richard Evans, the managing director of Westerleigh Group, has told dumbles.co.uk that 52 neighbouring properties received personal invitations to the exhibition and that 14 public notices were posted around the area.

Location of the proposed Lambley Crematorium, on the north side of Catfoot Lane behind the Traveller’s Rest and close to Cottage Farm

9 comments for “Exhibition outlines proposed Lambley crematorium (updated)

  1. Lee Andrew Campion
    Thursday 26 April 2012 at 2:34 pm

    What a fantastic way to clog up Mapperley top with slow moving funeral cars!! & what a blot on the landscape. Which bright spark has come up with this one?

    100% AGAINST !!!!!!

    Lee Campion.

  2. tracy lee
    Friday 27 April 2012 at 11:10 am

    I feel that it would be a great mistake to develope on green belt, our country side suffers enough. Funerals are a personal occasion and would not be appropriate for the quite countryside, the planning would ruin the scenery and would be a bad impact to the roads and would be terrible for the near by country lanes and villages. There are cematoriums already in Nottingham that are built in more suitable locations which are not intrusive to open country side where people like to visit for walking, relaxing and soaking up the ambience of what bit of country side we have left in the uk. Definatley Against This Mad Idea!!
    Mrs Lee

  3. Mrs Owen
    Friday 27 April 2012 at 3:13 pm

    If this crematorium gets built then the terribly dangerous road junction at the top of Catfoot Lane would be sorted and the area will get a more frequent bus service surely.

    I would prefer to see this low visual impact building in beautiful peaceful gardens to a housing estate. Lambley is being slowly sucked into Gedling and Mapperley by all the development on Spring Lane. Catfoot Lane will be next.

    Calverton turned down an application for a crematorium years ago and now the land is covered in houses instead.

  4. Dan Sharp
    Monday 30 April 2012 at 4:24 pm

    I doubt that a crematorium would bring an improvement in bus services to the area, Mrs Owen. Bramcote used to be served by the old 32 which served Bulwell in one direction, Nottingham in the other via a long route through Stapleford and Rylands. This was scrapped on economic grounds, NCC could see no reason to fund a replacement, and one now has to either book a taxi or walk from Trowell Moor. Unless people wish to scatter ashes in the memorial garden (a relatively small number do this, I should imagine), a crematorium is a one-time destination per deceasement.

    Maybe we could do with a new facility serving the northern side of Greater Nottingham- demand for funerals will always be there, and is likely to grow. I cannot honestly think of a suitable location- either it will impact on rural surroundings, or upset nearby residents who just don’t feel comfortable about being near such a facility, such a delicate matter that it is.

  5. R. MARTIN
    Saturday 11 August 2012 at 10:26 pm

    Do the council not know how dangerous the catfoot to plains road junction is. Madness, I have seen many bumps there. Catfoot lane is already dangerous, with no footpath & many large farm vehicles & horses using this road on a regular basis. Who in the right mind thinks that this is a safe place to bring more traffic, & people who dont know the road.

  6. J Bray
    Friday 17 August 2012 at 9:03 am

    What a lovely area for people to say goodbye to their loved ones. As all crematoriums are, they are normally very well kept and have lovely gardens. Catfoot lane is not a busy road and the slow traffic would not be a problem.
    Re the comment about slow traffic on Mapperly Top, this is one sure fire way of making the roads safer without even more speed cameras. Slower traffic will not be a problem.
    I am sure bus companies will look at requirements for a new stop.
    There are already a lot of houses on Catfoot, some beautiful ones and then some that look like… well I will not say, but let’s just say they don’t improve the look of the countryside.
    I am all for it.

  7. M Wright
    Saturday 25 August 2012 at 3:33 pm

    Peolple have to appear not to be NIMBYS. If it means an improvement to the road why not? Afterall all those against are happy to go to Wilford or Bramcote!

  8. Paul
    Monday 15 October 2012 at 5:55 pm

    I’m totally against this. Mapperley has already been ruined by the 3 pubs at the top of Woodthorpe Drive. The crime and vandalism, the noise, the litter etc. I can’t wait to sell up and move on. Lambley is heading the same way. Say goodbye to village life.

  9. john stillman
    Wednesday 8 May 2013 at 1:18 pm

    would the old gedling pit site be a better position for the proposed crematorium than Catfoot lane? or is that earmarked for housing.As for the problems generated by the 3 pubs on Mapperley top… noise ,litter, vandalism and crime certainly would not be a problem around a Crematorium.

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