Charges which could make Southport one of the most expensive places in Britain to die have been put on hold following a move by Liberal Democrat councillors. And proposals to raise adult sports pitch charges have also been put on ice.
Sefton Council’s Labour-controlled Cabinet had previously agreed a massive hike in burial and cremation charges. They proposed that the cost of a cremation should rise from £600 to £750, with burial charges increasing by 25%.
Lib Dem Councillor Mike Booth successfully moved at Thursday’s Council meeting held at Southport Town Hall that both of the items should be put on hold pending further consideration.
Cllr Booth explained: “The Council had previously consulted on a rise in the cost of cremation to £600. Now they are saying £750. That’s not proper consultation.”
“These charges put forward by Labour would mean that the local ‘cost of dying’ would be the highest in the area. To try and get that though without proper consultation is simply wrong.”
“As to increases in adult sports pitch charges, I don’t see how you can agree an increase in adult charges when the Council is still consulting on the fees charged for youth teams.
Many of the pitches involved are used by both adults and younger people. What was proposed on adult charges sets a worrying precedent.”
The Council accepted both Lib Dem amendments.
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