FAQs - disruption at Boythorpe Cemetery
This page is designed to answer any questions you may have about access to Boythorpe Cemetery in Chesterfield from December 2019 due to works happening on Rufford Close.
During the final stages of constructing four new houses on Rufford Close one of the carbon monoxide detectors installed within the homes activated. Experts visited the site and found that carbon monoxide was coming through the ground and therefore advised that plots one to four should be demolished for safety reasons.
It was initially thought that there was a burning coal seam under the houses, however, recent tests have proven that there is currently no underground fire, but the coal seam is exposed and needs to be sealed to remove the risk of fire in the future.
It has also been discovered that the backfill material used as part of the house foundations is also unsuitable and needs to be taken out.
The next stage of the works will begin on site from December 2019 and will continue for approximately 18 weeks.
The safety of residents has been our priority throughout this process, and we are confident that no-one has been put at risk during the pre or post demolition works.
- What will be done about this problem?
The council commissioned an independent geo-technical report regarding the ground conditions at Rufford Close. This analysis showed that the coal seam is exposed and requires sealing to remove the risk of fire in the future.
Works to reinstate the land to its original state will take place from early November. The council continues to work alongside The Coal Authority and other independent advisers as work continues at the site.
- When will the works on site be complete?
The works to reinstate the plots to their original condition is likely to be complete by Spring 2020, subject to weather conditions on site.
- How will the works affect the cemetery?
There will be extra traffic in the area due to lorries making their way to and from plots one to four on Rufford Close.
The vehicles will be using the cemetery access road and Boythorpe Crescent to access the site and complete the works needed.
Signs will be displayed at the cemetery to inform users about any planned disruption.
- Will there be any disruption to planned burials?
No, there will be no disruption to planned services.
- Will I still be able to visit the cemetery and the neonatal baby garden during the works?
Yes, the cemetery will be open as usual. Any changes will be updated on this web page and via posters at the cemetery.
- Will there be an increased amount of dust / smoke in the area?
Dust suppression will take place throughout the works period but there may be visible signs of dust which may affect properties in the immediate vicinity.
- Is there any risk to the health of local residents?
No. The site has been made safe and although there may be increased levels of dust in the area whilst the works are taking place, there is no risk to public health.
- Are the levels of carbon monoxide being monitored on site?
Yes. Air monitoring equipment has been in place throughout the work to demolish the properties and this will remain in place until the works on site are complete. This equipment is in place to actively monitor carbon monoxide levels at the site although there is no indication of adverse levels in the surrounding area.
- What will happen when the site is reinstated and the project is complete?
The council will engage with residents about the future use of the site after the works are complete.
If you need any further information during the works please contact Vanessa Watson from Chesterfield Borough Council on 07967692777.