Plans given the go-ahead for first Shire crematorium

Site owner Alex Cowie is excited to get going with the build of Aberdeenshire's first crematorium.
Site owner Alex Cowie is excited to get going with the build of Aberdeenshire's first crematorium.

Plans for the erection of the first Aberdeenshire Crematorium situated in Crimond were given the go-ahead earlier this month.

Applicant Alex Cowie, who owns the 18-acre site in Hillhead Road, expressed his delight at getting the green light to start work on Aberdeenshire’s first crematorium after plans were approved by planning officials.

He said: “We welcome the decision and look forward to progressing our plans with a view to beginning work on Aberdeenshire’s first crematorium as soon as possible, to turn this much needed development into a reality.”

Featuring two state-of-the-art cremators, a chapel capable of seating around 300 mourners, a garden of remembrance and parking for 180 cars, construction would be split into phases incorporating the creation of access tracks, excavation and the laying of the foundations, erection of the building and extensive landscaping.

The construction phase is expected to start in July and take around six months to complete.

Buchan businesses are also set to be handed a boost as the construction phase is to create about 20 jobs with five full-time staff expected to be employed on completion.

Mr Cowie added: “We will be actively engaging with local businesses and construction firms over the next few months as we work diligently towards building a facility which will serve the entire North-east region.”