Public invited to formal opening of BT grave yard

| 22/09/2014

(CNS): A new cemetery in Bodden Town which was undertaken by the planning ministry will be officially opened on Wednesday and government is inviting the public to the ceremony. The land for the new burial site was purchased because the district’s original cemetery, not unlike many others, around the islands, had reached capacity. The new site covers 3.75 acres and the construction of vaults, parking, landscaping, fencing and walls was completed following a tendering process. This year, the opening ceremony will break ground for phase one of the project, which includes 24 newly constructed vaults.

Minister for Planning, Lands, Agriculture, Housing and Infrastructure, Kurt Tibbetts, spearheaded the project and acknowledged that other cemeteries are also full. “While there are similar concerns in other districts, this was the most critical area,” he said.
The new graveyard is situated just east of the Bodden Town Police Station and once opened responsibility for its management will fall to the Department of Environmental Health (DEH), part of the district’s MLA Osbourne Bodden’s health ministry

“Generations of our families have been buried at the original site,” Bodden stated ahead of the opening this week. With the need for additional burial space becoming a pressing issue, I am pleased to see that this project will finally come to fruition.”

Plans also call for a continuation into an adjacent beachside property, with a capacity for more than 500 vaults. This will also include a pond, driveway, roundabout and a cabana – all to be a part of the new cemetery site in what is now Grand Cayman’s fastest growing district.

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