A VICAR is struggling to find extra space to bury the dead at his church.
Rev Ian Enticott, of St Philip’s in Kelsall, is still waiting to hear from Cheshire West and Chester Council if they can help provide extra grave space as his burial ground is almost full.
He contacted Cheshire West and Chester Council in May this year after The Chronicle reported that there was only five grave spaces left at St Philip’s burial ground but six months later, the problem remains the same.
Families could face a 22-mile round-trip to Blacon Crematorium if a solution is not found soon.
He said: “It’s not the responsibility of the church to provide grave space, it is the council’s.
“A lot of people around here do not think it’s ok to say you have to go to Blacon, we would like some sort of provision on this side of the city.
“It doesn’t even need to be Kelsall necessarily, somewhere suitable on a bus route would be ok.
“We have heard absolutely nothing, I am not sure just what Cheshire West and Chester Council are going to do.”
Appeals to local farmers and landowners have been unsuccessful and alternative burial grounds for Kelsall’s deceased have not yet been found.
The council’s cemeteries and crematorium team leader Julie Proctor said: “It is a difficult one.
“If local church yards run out of burial space then the church must accept that it is closed to further grave space unless the church has further land it can make available.
“If the reverend feels at a loss then perhaps he should contact his local councillor.”
Cheshire West and Chester Gowy member Stuart Parker said he would investigate the issue on Rev Enticott’s behalf.