A spokesperson for Derry City and Strabane District Council explained that it is currently progressing with plans to develop a new municipal cemetery within the wider Cityside area of Derry city.
Following a call for expressions of interest from those with lands available to suit this purpose earlier this year, Council received a number of submissions and the sites were evaluated and ranked in order of suitability. The highest scoring site is located adjacent to an existing Council cemetery at Killea. To gauge the suitability of the lands offered at that site it is necessary to undertake ground investigation works and these are currently being tendered. In tandem with this the officer team have engaged with the NIEA, Planning Section and a number of other stakeholders to discuss the project and to obtain their various positions. Should these discussions and the site investigation results prove positive the next stage in the process will be to engage with Land and Property Services to determine a premium for the lands offered. There are currently over 77,000 people buried within the City Cemetery and around 1,000 new plots are remaining. It is expected that the City Cemetery will not be able to accommodate any new burial plots in around five years’ time however burials in existing plots are expected to continue well into the future.