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Cemetery extension work begins

Southwick Cemetery
The extension work is expected to take 12 weeks

Work to create enough graves at a West Sussex cemetery for the next 50 years has been started.

Southwick Cemetery in Downsway, near Brighton, is to be extended by nearly 1.5 acres (0.6 hectares) to allow 900 more burial sites.

Adur District Council said the project, which cost £150,000, would take about 12 weeks to complete.

Final grass seed landscaping will take place in June, with the new grave space being made available from late 2009.

It is estimated that the extension will provide enough space for burials over the next 50 years.

Councillor Keith Dollemore said: "The extension will provide urgently needed new burial space at Southwick.

"We have had to increase the cost of burials to help pay for this scheme but we feel it's worth every penny to provide the extra burial plots."

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