Wealden District Council

Wealden Crematorium - Site Bulletins

These bulletins are intended to keep you informed about work on the crematorium site as it progresses.

They will focus on key operations and issues rather than day-to-day activities.

Site Bulletin No.8 (23/10/17)

Pre-construction work will start this week (w/c 23rd October) with heavy plant being delivered to the site via the existing farmhouse entrance in Chiddingly Road. Fortunately a separate access will not be required. The heavy plant will stay on site until it has completed its work when it will then leave via the newly constructed A267 entrance.

Ground conditions mean that it will now be necessary to bring stone onto the site to create a roadway for construction vehicles etc. to use. This will necessitate regular deliveries of stone via the farmhouse entrance. It is intended that these deliveries will be made on weekdays during normal working hours and will continue for around three weeks. Wheel washing facilities will reduce any mud on the road and the delivery lorries will enter the site immediately and will not park in the road.

The main contractor, Baxall Construction, will be delivering a letter to the residents living in Chiddingly Road that includes contact details for the Senior Site Manager. The Senior Site Manager or a colleague will also be available at the site office to speak to personally if preferred.

Site Bulletin No.7 (13/10/17)

  • Temporary access for enabling works - One of the first matters to be addressed will be the construction of the new access to the crematorium off the A267. Until this is completed it will be necessary to create a temporary access in order that these enabling works can be undertaken, this will be off Chiddingly Road. Work to this new access will be given a high priority and is expected to be completed in around six weeks.
    After the initial delivery of five or six items of big plant (bulldozers, dumpers, earth movers) we expect only be light traffic will be using Chiddingly Road. There should not be any great problems with mud etc. on the road as heavy plant will not be coming and going but in any case wheel-washing facilities will be put in place.
  • Roadworks in Horam village - The contractor (Baxall Construction) is aware that roadworks with traffic lights are currently in place and will be taking this into account, although as previously mentioned only five or six items of heavy plant will be brought to the site during this period.
  • Footpath Diversion - a temporary footpath diversion route has been put in place. The original footpath through the farmyard is still in use until the permanently diverted route is in place. This will not be opened until the services to the crematorium are installed. A copy of the plan detailing the diversion can be obtained by emailing crematorium@wealden.gov.uk
  • Dog Walkers - please remember that sheep are grazing on the land and so please continue to keep any dogs under control.

Site Bulletin No.6 (28/09/17)

Baxall Construction Ltd has been awarded the contract to build the Wealden Crematorium. Construction work is expected to start in mid-October 2017 with completion late 2018.

Site Bulletin No.5 (10/08/17)

Newt Fencing - a number of signs have been placed along the footpath across the development site. They request walkers not to disturb the white pitfall traps that have been placed at the foot of the low plastic fencing. The pitfall traps, which are regularly monitored, are there to collect rare Great Crested Newts which can then be relocated to a safe place away from the working area.

Ground investigation work; in the next week or so some further ground investigation work will be undertaken and consequently there may be some additional traffic accessing the site.

Site Bulletin No.4 (29/07/17)

A planning application for a substation to serve the crematorium has now been published on the Wealden website. 

Site Bulletin No.3 (05/05/17)

A drainage survey is scheduled to take place next week along the stretch of the A267 where it adjoins the crematorium site.

The survey will commence on Monday 8 May and is expected to take just two days; it will be undertaken place during the day time.

The A267 will not need to be closed but to allow the work to proceed safely temporary traffic lights will be in place.

Site Bulletin 2 (27/04/17)

  • Work to remove a number of trees from the crematorium site along the border with the A267 is scheduled to take place week commencing Tuesday 2nd May.
  • The work is expected to take the whole week and will take place during the day time.
  • The A267 will not need to be closed but to allow the work to proceed safely there will be a need for temporary traffic lights which will operate off peak.
  • Again for safety reasons, there will be one day where the power is turned off which will have an impact on neighbouring properties. This is currently scheduled for Friday 5th May. Any residents impacted by this have already been contacted by UK Power Networks.

Site Bulletin 1 (23/03/17)

Various site preparation works are underway or planned for the near future:

  • Blue netting has been put in place to prevent birds nesting in hedges that may need to be disturbed or removed
  • Chiddingly Road - the blue netting in Chiddingly Road has been put in place as a precaution in case services (gas, electricity etc.) need to be brought into the site at that point, this is not related to creating a new entrance. Note: you may have seen that some of the netting has been pulled back and we are arranging for our contractors to fix this back in place.
  • Chiddingly Road - mud on the road. We have raised this with our contractors but we are aware that other contractors not connected to this project are also working on the road.
  • Geotechnical Survey - this is due to start on 28 March and will include the use of a JCB mechanical excavator. The survey is an investigation of the soil on the site to determine important soil characteristics.