Weather protection for Sunderland Crematorium mourners

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MOURNERS will be better protected from the elements under plans to improve Sunderland Crematorium.

Civic centre bosses have applied for planning permission to erect a canopy at the front entrance of the building, in Bishopwearmouth Cemetery. Chester Road.

Sunderland City Council’s city services department said the canopy is essential to provide “adequate protection” from the weather.

The planning report, due to go before councillors, reads: “It is tradition for the attendees of the funeral ceremony to wait outside the premises for the funeral cortege and mourners.

“The proposed canopy covers the immediate entrance of the existing building providing coverage of approximately 208 square metres.”

The structure will have a maximum height of 6.9metres and a maximum width of 8.2metres.

A decision is due to be made on the application tonight.

Planners said the proposed canopy would enhance the facilities and the design was acceptable in terms of its impact on residential properties nearby, highway safety and ecology.