Dedication service for new cemetery

At the opening of Bothwellhaugh Cemetery are, from left: Rev. Michael Lyle, Rev. Father James Grant, Councillor Helen McKenna, Convener of the Environmental Services Committee; and Provost Jim Robertson.
At the opening of Bothwellhaugh Cemetery are, from left: Rev. Michael Lyle, Rev. Father James Grant, Councillor Helen McKenna, Convener of the Environmental Services Committee; and Provost Jim Robertson.

A new cemetery for Motherwell and Bellshill has been officially opened by North Lanarkshire provost Jim Robertson.

The Service of Dedication for Bothwellhaugh Cemetery was led by Father James Grant of Holy Family RC Church, and the Rev Michael Lyle of Viewpark Parish Church, and was held earlier this month.

Provost Robertson then unveiled a commemorative stone to mark the occasion.

North Lanarkshire Council has invested around £4 million in creating the new facility, which has capacity for a total of 1,800 lairs.

Located at the north of Strathclyde Country Park, the new cemetery has been designed to minimise its impact on the local environment.

The main building has solar panels, which generate electricity for the cemetery, and a ‘brown’ roof planted with grass and wildflowers.

Rainwater is captured and used for water supply points throughout the cemetery and for water closets in the building.

Within the cemetery grounds, there is seating throughout and two ponds have been created as part of the surface water drainage system to attract wildlife, providing areas for families and friends to visit.

Councillor Helen McKenna, convener of the Environmental Services Committee, said: “Bothwellhaugh Cemetery has been designed to create a peaceful, pleasant environment for families and friends to pay their respects and remember loved ones.

“With both Airbles and Bothwellpark close to capacity for new lairs, this new cemetery will provide facilities for the communities of Motherwell and Bellshill for the foreseeable future.”

A second phase of development will provide space for a further 800 lairs in around eight to ten years time and in the long-term, there is potential capacity for another 2,000 lairs.