OFFICIALS at Portchester Crematorium have hit back at claims the facility is under strain.
John Haskell, the clerk to the crematorium’s joint committee, said the crematorium was in fact working at two-thirds of its potential capacity.
It comes amid claims that a new proposed crematorium off Bartons Road, Havant, will take the strain off Portchester.
As reported, The Southern Co-operative is proposing to build a new multi-million pound eco-friendly crematorium in a woodland setting.
In a letter to The News, Mr Haskell said: ‘The present level of cremations, in the region of 4,000 annually, places no strain on Portchester Crematorium and there are always funeral slots available, even at short notice.
‘The booking register is available for anyone wishing to consult it. The manager and registrar is of the opinion that if there is any strain it is on some funeral directors who might be seeking to undertake a high level of funerals without having sufficient resources in place, and in turn having to schedule funerals later than would normally be expected.
‘The timing of funerals is also dependent upon the wishes of the bereaved.’
A public consultation is under way about the Havant crematorium proposals.