The Impacts of BCP Council Merger on Local Funeral Services
As a result of the recent merger of Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole borough councils, the way in which funerals are dealt with has undergone some changes. The new entity, known as Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole (BCP) Council, has made changes to the way in which funeral services are delivered across the region. While some aspects are still being finalised, here’s what we know so far:
No More Double Fees and Increased Burial Spaces
One of the significant changes is that residents of Bournemouth, Poole, and Christchurch now have access to burial grounds and grave spaces in all cemeteries within the area without incurring non-resident double fees. Previously, individuals from Christchurch would have to pay double fees to be buried in Bournemouth cemeteries, for example. This change means that all residents can access burial grounds without any additional costs. Additionally, the merger has created more burial spaces for residents of Poole and Christchurch, who have faced the problem of their local cemeteries having no new graves available.
Unification of Headstone and Memorial Fees
Another significant change is the unification of headstone and memorial fees. The single fees for all residents in the BCP area will bring a considerable difference and make things more accessible for bereaved families during their time of need.
Creation of a Central Office
BCP Council’s unified approach has enabled the council to operate from one central office at Bournemouth Crematorium for the whole area of BCP, which provides clarity of rules and regulations across the region. This better synchronises the administration of the services and ensures clear and consistent communication between the council and funeral service providers.
Increased Funeral Service Times
Also, thanks to the opening of other local crematoria, Bournemouth & Poole Crematoriums have been able to increase their service times from 30 minutes to 45 minutes. This change has created a more relaxed atmosphere and has allowed more time for funeral services.
Reinvestment of Funds
In addition, the merger has also helped to reduce the required staff for the council to run the bereavement department. The funds saved have been re-invested into updating funeral services, creating a more professional and compassionate service to ensure the council can provide the best possible support.
Funeral Services in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole
At Head & Wheble, we welcome the improvements that these changes bring. A more simplified and streamlined process will ensure that arranging a funeral in Bournemouth, Christchurch or Poole is less stressful for all of those involved. We will be sure to provide updates on any further changes, and as always if you require a funeral director in Dorset, we are on hand to provide the best possible funeral services in your difficult time of loss.