Work underway to create more parking at South Shields Crematorium

Work is being done to create extra parking at South Shields Crematorium.

Coun Tracey Dixon at South Shields Crematorium.
Coun Tracey Dixon at South Shields Crematorium.

More than 30 additional spaces, including extra disabled parking, are set to be opened at the building in John Reid Road.

The scheme aims to make it easier for mourners and visitors to park in the crematorium grounds and help to alleviate on-road parking problems and parking in nearby residential streets.

Coun Tracey Dixon, lead member for area management and community safety at South Tyneside Council, said: “We are delighted to see work under way on providing more parking within the crematorium grounds.

“The extra parking will not only help us to provide better parking facilities for bereaved families and friends visiting the crematorium but also reduce the impact of parking on the local area.”

The crematorium grounds currently cater for 17 vehicles in the formal car park, including the provision of two disabled bays. The improvements will see the amount of parking spaces increased up to about 50.

The work is expected to be completed in the summer.

The parking improvements are the latest in a series of upgrades to the crematorium building and grounds over the past year.

Developments have already included a new roofing system to replace the previous one which was more than 50 years old and in need of repair, as well as the installation of about 30 solar 
panels to help save energy and running costs at the building.

Work to create a large steel and glass canopy over the main door was recently completed to provide better shelter.