Why are we contributing towards interment fees?
There is currently no place for interment within the parish of Durleigh and the churchyard is closed to any further burials. As a result of this, Durleigh residents have no option but to be interned out of the parish. At present, Bridgwater Town Council charge double fees for interment of a Durleigh resident.
Durleigh Parish Council (DPC) agreed in January 2021 to set aside grant funding to contribute to the ‘double fee’ element of interment in Quantock/Bristol Road Cemeteries (the closest for Durleigh residents), for those that were current residents of Durleigh at the time of their death. This contribution to the double fee is for the ‘basic’ cost of interment only and comes into effect from 1st April 2021.
The ‘basic’ cost of interment for a Bridgwater town resident is:
- Single Burial – £364
- Interment of Ashes – £180
The ‘basic’ cost of interment for a Durleigh resident is:
- Single burial – £364 + £364 = £728 (in this case DPC will pay up to £364*)
- Interment of Ashes – £180 + £180 = £360 (in this case DPC will pay up to £180*)
*Subject to terms and conditions below
Many parish councils are responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of graveyards within their parish, so the amount to be set aside as grant funding is not dissimilar to this.
The amount available for these contributions will be capped each year. Applications will be on a first come, first served basis.
To ensure that the grant funding is used fairly and only in respect of persons who were residents of Durleigh immediately prior to their death, we require an application form to be completed. This can be found attached at the bottom of this page or is available from the local funeral directors and Bridgwater Cemeteries.
This can be submitted directly to us via email firstname.lastname@example.org or forwarded via the funeral director and Bridgwater Cemeteries.
All payments made, in respect of successful applications, will be made direct to Bridgwater Town Council.
Terms and Conditions
- The contribution towards the double burial fee is only available for people who reside in Durleigh parish immediately prior to their death, and had lived in the parish for a minimum of 12 months.
- Contributions to interment fees take effect from 1st April 2021. No contributions will be made for any interment before this date.
- Proof of residency will be required with the application, such as a current council tax bill or other utility bill issued within 3 months.
- Durleigh Parish Council has the right to refuse applications if insufficient evidence is provided to confirm residency immediately prior to death.
- The contributions are only towards the ‘basic’ double cost of interment and does not cover any double fees associated with memorials or other extras.
- Durleigh Parish Council has the right to refuse an application once the burial grant budget for the financial year (1st April – 31st March) has been exhausted.
- All applications must be made prior to the interment taking place.
- Bridgwater cemeteries will notify funeral Directors of those applications that have been successful.
- Bridgwater cemeteries will invoice Durleigh Parish Council direct. No contribution will be paid directly to the applicant.
- Durleigh Parish Council retain the right to recover the cost of any contribution paid, that is later found to be fraudulent. They also retain the right to seek redress through criminal and/or civil proceedings.
- Durleigh Parish Council retain the right to amend terms and conditions as required. All amendments will be published on the website.