Burial costs set to rise

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Charges for the use of burial and cemetery services will rise by five per cent in Hailsham.

Hailsham Town Council has agreed to increase charges for plots in Hailsham Cemetery from April 1.

Burial charges for an adult parishioner rises from £480 to £504 for a single grave. A double grave for an adult parishioner rises by £26 to £542.

The decision was made during a meeting on March 13.

Charges for the interment of cremated remains in a grave (in respect of which an Exclusive Right of Burial has been granted) rises by £10 to £220 for parishioners and £22 to £454 for non-parishioners.

Cemetery Warden cllr Mary Rowe said the increase was the first one since 2011 and was approximately in line with inflation.

She said: “It is important that the town council pitches its fees at comparable rates to other authorities, so any extra burden does not fall on the council tax payers of Hailsham. The new fees are a fair reflection of the true costs involved in running burial services at Hailsham.”

“The danger of not increasing the fees on a regular/annual basis is that any future increases in line with inflation would result in a larger overall increase than when raised incrementally.”

Based on the same number of burials as this year, the increase in revenue for 2013/14 with the agreed increase will be £2,670. Additional fees as determined by the town council are available on request by calling 01323 841702 (during office hours).