Dear Colchester Borough Council,

I have some questions regarding the Crematorium facility under the operations of this local authority:

Question:

1. Cremations done per year at facility; 2012-to now.

2. What is maximum capacity or number of possible cremation that can be done per year.

3. Number of cremation machines at facility.

4. How many cremation machines are operational.

5. Number of machines with mercury abatement.

6. Revenue, expenses and profit from facility; last two reported financial years.

7. Average cost of cremation; current price.

8. Cost of a no-service (low cost) cremation; current price.

9. What is your average waiting time, if any - last available data.

Yours faithfully,

Mr Laycock

Info, Colchester Borough Council

Dear Requester

Thank you for your request which has been logged under reference 346397.

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Yours sincerely

Mike Fawcett
Information and Project Officer
Colchester Borough Council
Telephone: 01206 508793
Textphone users dial 18001 followed by the full number that you wish to call.
www.colchester.gov.uk

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Mike Fawcett, Colchester Borough Council

Dear Mr Laycock

I am now able to respond to your Freedom of Information request logged on 9th November under reference 346397.

1. Cremations done per year at facility; 2012-to now.

Year Cremations
2012/13 1,346
2013/14 1,369
2014/15 1,449
2015/16* 1,657
2016/17 1,510
2017/18 to 31/10/17 805

* During 2015/16 numbers increased due to the temporary closure of a neighbouring crematorium.

2. What is maximum capacity or number of possible cremation that can be done per year.

2,216

3. Number of cremation machines at facility.

2

4. How many cremation machines are operational.

2

5. Number of machines with mercury abatement.

2

6. Revenue, expenses and profit from facility; last two reported financial years.

2015/16 2016/17
Expenditure £469,867 £429,519
Income £1,262,095 £1,179,604
Net £792,229 £750,085

7. Average cost of cremation; current price.

£647 + Environmental surcharge of £80 = £727 per adult cremation.
Current fees and charges are published at http://www.colchester.gov.uk/CHttpHandle... .

8. Cost of a no-service (low cost) cremation; current price.

The fee shown above currently applies to all cremations of individuals over 16 years of age. The vast majority of cremations in Colchester have services, albeit sometimes short.

9. What is your average waiting time, if any - last available data.

Currently bookings are being made for next week.

If you have any further questions or concerns regarding this request please contact me again quoting the reference given above.

Yours sincerely

Mike Fawcett
Information and Project Officer
Colchester Borough Council

Tel: 01206 508793
Textphone users dial 18001 followed by the full number that you wish to call.
www.colchester.gov.uk

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