Burial costs among fees set to rise

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The cost of a burial in Wyre is set to increase as the authority looks to squeeze revenue out of fees and charges.

An increase of around one per cent is set to be introduced at cemeteries in the borough, taking the price of burial to £759

The increase is one of dozens proposed across the borough with sports teams, theatre groups and those with pest problems also facing a rise in prices.

Thornton Little Theatre and the Marine Hall will see some of the highest increases with prices for commercial promoters rising by as much as 15 per cent. The full day charge for amateur groups is to rise from £407 to £420 at Thornton and from £1,100 to £1,200 at Fleetwood.

For commercial use that rises to £1,200 at Thornton and £1,500 at Fleetwood.

Despite the increase, both venues remain heavily subsidised with Wyre shelling out £334,842 in the past year.

Costs at Wyre’s sporting facilities are also set to rise.

A report to Wyre Council said: “It is proposed to increase football pitch fees by between five and 15 per cent with the maximum fee for a senior team rising from £295 to £310 per season.

“Cricket fees will increase by six per cent and 14 per cent and other hire of fields will increase by between six and 14 per cent.”

One thing which will not be going up in Wyre is the cost of parking.

The borough is waiting on a review of parking across all towns before making an decision.

Coun Roger Berry is the man responsible for Neighbourhood services and community.

And a report prepared by his team explained the continued freeze.

It said: “A review of car parking charges, incorporating residents’ passes is being conducted and a separate report will be produced.

“However, all charges for Teanlowe Car Park and Ball Street have now been removed.”

Wyre Council is currently preparing it’s budget for the next financial year.

And it has already been made clear a backlog of works will be the financial priority for any cash generated in the coming year.

Coun Alan Vincent, Economic portfolio holder said: “Owing to the limited capital funds, there will not be any new capital growth bids– the remaining backlog of building maintenance works totalling £3.3m will continue to have the first call on any capital receipts.”