Crematorium gets go-ahead

Peterhead Funeral Director, Robert Mackie, was delighted to get the go-ahead from councillors last week for his plan to build a Crematorium in north Aberdeenshire.

The proposed crematorium which will be built on land at West Knock Farms, Mintlaw, went before members of the Buchan area committee when they met last week, and detailed of how Mr Mackie wishes to build a crematorium and chapel, accommodating approximately 450 mourners, a garden of remembrance, car parking for 290 cars, a tea room and extensive landscaping.

During the meeting last week, Mr Mackie addressed the concerns raised from objectors and explained to the committee how the crematorium would be run to the highest of standards Robert Mackie Funeral Directors is known for, and that local people using the facility could be satisfied that their loved ones would be treated with the respect and dignity deserved.

Members of the committee listened to the report detailed by planning officer Wendy Forbes which addressed some of the issues raised by objectors who submitted 52 individual letters and a petition.

However, councillors present at the meeting found the crematorium to provide positive benefits to Aberdeenshire and agreed the recommendation to approve the crematorium.

Councillor Peter Chapman said: “There is a definite need for a crematorium to the north of Aberdeen and I believe this application is of a high quality, it has been designed particularly well and will be developed at an attractive site. Although there is a nearby equestrian centre I personally feel that these two businesses could co-exist with one another.”

Funeral director for almost 39 years Robert Mackie is looking forward to begin work on the crematorium early next year.

“I am absolutely delighted the application was approved, it has been well deserved. I think the community knows that the crematorium will be run professionally and with dignity. It will be an extension to what Robert Mackie Funeral Directors has built up over the years.

“It is a very big scheme which will take time to build, and this will begin early next year. The crematorium itself will bring a lot of local employment once it is up and running and of course during the construction period. Likewise with our premises on Grange Road, it will be local people who complete the construction and furnishing of the building.”