COUNCIL chiefs have warned Wrexham Cemetery will be full within two years.
A new site is needed to provide burial land, and time is running out to finalise negotiations on the only plot found to be suitable.
Negotiations began in 2000 to buy the piece of land for the cemetery, but the Environment Agency is still carrying out water table tests and council officers have yet to reach an agreement with the owner as to which land can be bought.
Speaking at the Environment and Regeneration Scrutiny committee meeting last week, Crematorium and Cemeteries Registrar Alan McMahon said: 'The landowner wants one piece of land, which we feel would be better for the cemetery.
'No price has been negotiated yet, but the Environment Agency and consultants are currently on the site drilling for water tables.'
Cllr David Rogers said: 'We've ended up with all our eggs in one basket, and if the water tables don't work out we don't have a plan B in place
The proposed site would last for 15 years.
Cllr Rogers said: 'I am surprised by the size of it and how long it will last. If it does go ahead, we will have to start looking for the next one as soon as it's finished.'
Wrexham Cemetery has 133 graves left for up to three people and 28 with space for one person, with an average of 65 graves being used per year.
Mr McMahon said: 'Because people know that the cemetery is quite full, they are reserving plots. We will certainly be full by 2006/2007.'
He told the meeting cemeteries in Llay, Coedpoeth and Rhos are also nearing capacity.
Chief community services officer John Bradbury said: 'If it fails, I can quite honestly say we don't have another site prepared, we are continuing to search for other sites.'
A report to the committee said 12 months is required to carry out work on drainage, buildings, roads and landscaping on the site. To be able to open the new cemetery by July 2007, it has been recommended work begins in early spring 2006.
In a report submitted to Council members in 2000, the option of cremation-only funerals in Wrexham was put forward, which has been adopted by some London boroughs where burial land no longer exists.
But it was dismissed by councillors, who said people should be given a choice of whether to bury or cremate loved ones.
Members have asked Mr Bradbury to report back to the Scrutiny committee in the next couple of months.
A task and finish group will be set up to look at issues surrounding crematorium and burial land issues in the borough.