Work has begun on the proposed extension of Brampton cemetery.

Cumberland Council granted planning permission in October 2023 to allow Brampton Parish Council to carry out work to extend the town’s cemetery which is on Old Church Lane.

The extension is being put on previously agricultural land adjacent to the existing cemetery but has been fenced off for a number of years prior to planning permission being granted.

The existing cemetery opened in the 1960s with burials prior to that taking place at what is now known as Brampton’s Old Church Yard.

Demand has meant that the parish council needed to enlarge the cemetery, to allow burials to continue on the site for years to come.

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At the cemetery, a large part of the extension area was fenced off and there was a small, tracked excavator on site with initial drainage and groundworks taking place.

As part of the proposed works, the intention is to also reinforce the existing beech hedging along the relevant boundaries.

The plan also proposes the existing access be widened to allow hearses to enter and leave the site.