Warrington Borough Council’s crematorium and cemeteries have retained their gold standard in a national scheme for the service they provide.
The crematorium on Chester Road, Walton, Warrington, achieved gold status from the Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management yet again, along with the town’s four cemeteries.
It comes after the council’s five sites were awarded the Green Flag again in 2017, as some of the best open spaces in the country.
A number of improvements have been introduced at the crematorium over the past few years including a private consultation room, funeral directors’ room and larger reception. The main car park has also been extended to accommodate more than 30 extra cars.
The ICCM is a national body that recognises good practice in the running of crematoria and cemeteries and the judging is based on various aspects of the work of the bereavement service including cremations, burials, maintenance of the grounds and administrative functions.
Councillor Judith Guthrie, executive board member for environment, said: “People who have lost loved ones are the most important consideration as far as our bereavement facilities are concerned and I am proud that the ICCM has recognised this once again by awarding us gold status.“The award gives due recognition of all the hard work and dedication that goes into running Bereavement services and encouragement to strive for even higher standards ensuring a quality of service that residents, and those outside the borough, have come to expect.”