Aldershot Crematorium could be in for redevelopment after councillors agreed to consider options for the building.

Rushmoor Borough Council’s cabinet agreed, at its September 21 meeting,  to commission a feasibility study and business case for investment options to improve and modernise or develop the building which opened in 1960.

It was last fully refurbished almost 25 years ago and the most recent condition survey indicated significant repair and refurbishment works are now required in addition to regular maintenance.

Members heard the operation of the crematorium currently generates surplus income for the council but, due to investment in facilities at Guildford, Woking and Bracknell in recent years, demand at Aldershot has started to plateau.

The review will consider the changing market.

Cabinet member for operational services Cllr Maurice Sheehan said: “This is something we really need to start looking at very soon so we can ensure we continue to provide a quality bereavement service for our residents. I’m happy the cabinet agreed to get moving on the feasibility study.”

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