How close is too close to a crematorium?

February 22, 2016   //   No Comments

fbca-logoThe Federation of Burial and Cremation Authorities (FBCA) recently reported in SAIFinsight about the Scottish Government’s controversial attempt to change the minimum distance of 200 yards between housing and crematoria.  The FBCA had objected to the change, which was proposed as part of the Burial and Cremation (Scotland) Bill.  They believe that the positioning of crematoria is of vital importance, in order that bereaved families are not subjected to the day to day activities that take place in residential areas and gardens. When attending a funeral service or visiting the crematorium, the bereaved are entitled to expect to be able to spend time in peaceful and meaningful contemplation.

Rick Powell, Secretary and Executive Officer of the FBCA reports that a poll by Populus among adults in Scotland showed that four out of five wanted to retain the minimum distance rule.  He said, “…The (Scottish) Government is misguided in that it believes that the rule was imposed to protect people from emissions.  The truth is that mourners want to grieve at a cremation in peace.”