New five-acre council cemetery to open in city

A new five-acre cemetery in east Leeds is to be officially opened by Leeds City Council next week.

Whinmoor Cemetery, which is located just off the A64 road, has been under construction for 12 months, and is a key element of the council’s strategy to address future burial provision in the city.

A wide range of work has been undertaken at the cemetery in preparation for the opening, which has included the creation of access roads, drainage and landscaping.

The arrival of the facility at Whinmoor, which is the first new purpose built cemetery to be opened in Leeds by the council since 1937, will initially provide enough burial provision for 19 years, and can be extended further if necessary.

If a decision to extend the graveyard is give the go-ahead in the future, it is estimated that another 38 years of burial provision will be available at the Whinmoor facility.

Councillor Mark Dobson, executive member for the environment said:

“I am pleased to be able to announce the opening of the Whimoor Cemetery, which is a vital part of the council’s plan to address burial provision in the city for the next 50 years.

“With Harehills Cemetery close to becoming full, it was extremely important that positive action was taken to address this problem. By moving ahead with this new facility, we have ensured there will now be sufficient provision in the east of the city for the foreseeable future.

“As part of our plan, we are also aiming to extend a number of existing cemeteries, and I am looking forward to see this work come to fruition over the next few years.

“I would personally like to thank everyone, from key stakeholders to council staff, who contributed to making our vision at Whinmoor Cemetery a reality.”

Notes to editors:

Whinmoor Cemetery will officially open on Monday July 8.

The cemetery will be open on a daily basis, seven days a week and will be gated and locked when closed.

For media enquiries, please contact;

Colin Dickinson, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 39 51578

Email: colin.dickinson@leeds.gov.uk