Coldingham cemetery meeting

A PUBLIC meeting will be held in Coldingham tomorrow night (Friday, February 3) to discuss the possibility of new cemetery provision for the village.

At present, no more burials are possible in the Coldingham Priory Cemetery other than in a previously purchased family plot with recent internments having to take place at cemeteries in nearby Eyemouth and Ayton.

Over the past few years the communities of Coldingham and St Abbs have been asking Scottish Borders Council to develop more space for burials in the former and in turn the council have been preparing an engineering report looking at whether it would be feasible to extend the existing Priory burial ground into the adjacent Glebe field which was purchased for this purpose over 12 years ago, as well as looking at other possible sites in the vicinity.

The meeting, in Coldingham Hall at 7pm, will give residents the opportunity to discuss the findings with council officers.

One resident commented: “It is important that as many people as possible attend this meeting to discuss how we maintain this vital community provision.”

Ray Beard, head of neighbourhood services at SBC, added: “We are engaging with the community in recognition that further work is required to move closer to their expectations relating to cemetery provision in the area.

“We are going to provide an overview briefing at the meeting of the current position and more importantly we hope to gather an understanding of the wishes of the community as a whole so we can move ahead in a positive manner. We are committed to exploring all available avenues.”