Decision details

(R&E) COVID-19 - Service times at East Herringthorpe Crematorium Chapel

Decision Maker: Strategic Director of Regeneration and Environment

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


To propose actions to enable an increase in availability for services at East Herringthorpe Crematorium Chapel by reducing the time allotted in chapel in order to create additional services to meet rising demand.






Date of Decision:


8 December 2020

Decision Maker:

(Including Job Title)


Paul Woodcock

Strategic Director of Regeneration and Environment

Specific Delegation:

(If any)



Brief Description of Decision:



1)    That in line with regulations, the number of attendees at a funeral service remains at a maximum of 30, continuing to observe 2 metre distancing for family bubbles within the chapel.


2)    That service times for cremations be reduced from 45 minutes to 30 minutes to further increase availability in line with the current back log and predicted increase in the death rate.


3)    That the price for a service be reduced from £943 to £775 to reflect the reduced time in chapel.


4)    That the service streaming fee be included in the £775 price. This will allow management of funeral attendee numbers and enable bereaved families and friends to view the service.


5)    That the changes to service times take effect from 4 January 2021.


6)    That monitoring of the ongoing situation is carried in line with the key areas of consideration as detailed in the officer’s report.

Reasons for the Decision:



To increase the number of available slots for services in anticipation of an increase in demand.

Details of alternative options considered and rejected:


The option to make Sundays available for services was considered and rejected as the slots for services that had been made available on Sundays earlier in 2020 had not been taken up by funeral directors or families.


Conflicts of interest declared by any Executive Member consulted by the decision maker which relates to the decision:


No conflicts of interest

Dispensations Granted:

(If any)



Reports or parts of reports considered


Decision Briefing Paper - Proposal to reduce service times at East Herringthorpe Crematorium Chapel in order to increase capacity – 8 December 2020


I certify that this is a true record of the executive decision in respect of service times at East Herringthorpe Crematorium Chapel.


Signed by the Decision Maker  

Dated:          8 December 2020


Name:          Paul Woodcock                          

Job Title:     Strategic Director of Regeneration and Environment

Publication date: 23/02/2021

Date of decision: 08/12/2020

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