Families warned ‘don’t die during the Olympics’

09:53 08 February 2012

VIPS being whisked to the Olympic Stadium over special routes has  led to concerns over funeral travel

VIPS being whisked to the Olympic Stadium over special routes has led to concerns over funeral travel

ODA

Churches and funeral directors in Newham are warning residents not to die during the Olympics as conducting a funeral under proposed traffic restrictions could prove impossible.

Canon John Williams, rector of St Saviour’s Church in Forest Gate said: “You better warn your readers that they can’t die in August because we have nowhere to put them.

“I mean, it’s absolutely ridiculous. People want to be buried in the place where they worship, we can’t just send them to another church.” St Saviours’ congregation includes those who have moved as far out as Deptford and Chelmsford, leading Canon Williams to predict dwindling numbers of worshippers during the Games.

He added: “My main concern is chiefly the Sunday mornings when our congregation will be entirely disrupted. In that respect, I really think the Olympics are restricting people’s civil liberties...the freedom to worship.”

T.Cribbs and Sons, who cary out horse-drawn funeral processions from their Beckton base, dread the congestion brought about by 30 dedicated Games Lanes.

Funeral director John Harris said: “I would ask people that if you’re going to die, you’d better do it before the Games or try and hang on till afterwards.

“I don’t see why people in Newham should be inconvenienced if they lose somebody just because some dignitary needs to get to the Games on time.”

He added: “The answer we got back from Newham Council was that we’ll ‘just have to plan ahead’. You cannot legislate for funerals and if people want to be buried in a family grave, you can’t pick another cemetery, you have no other choice.

“I am not confident they are going to approach this sensibly. We were told to use alternative parking in the area but it’s too far away from our office and you can’t wheel coffins around the streets.”

Newham Council said they intend to contact residents and businesses in due course to minimise disruption during the Games.

A spokesman for Newham Council added: “They will also receive information on how to register for virtual permits and visitors’ permits from LOCOG which will enable them and their visitors to park in the borough. In addition, to enable residents to hold events such as christenings, weddings and funerals, Newham Council will be identifying a special parking process.”

Latest Stories from SNAP.PA

Usher has revealed his son has told him he doesn’t think he’s a very good singer.

Read more

Wandering which app to download next? We get to grips with what’s new.

Read more

Alicia Keys showed off her baby bump with husband Swizz Beatz at Keep A Child Alive’s 2014 Black Ball.

Read more

Promotions

BT Home Smart Cam

When I was first told by my boss that I would be doing a review on the BT Smart Cam 100 I didn’t quite know what to expect. Before even looking at the product I was picturing it as nothing more than a web cam with a fancy name.

AGA Living Subscription

Every issue of AGA Living magazine is packed full of celebrity AGA owner interviews, interior and design features, ideas to inspire your culinary imagination, mouth-watering recipes and inspirational shopping ideas.

And it’s said to be revolutionising access to donor sperm throughout the country.

Many people now feel they have to move jobs to better their career and get ahead.

‘Go get him’ said the police officer, and that’s just what the dog did.

It’s deforestation, but not as you’ve seen it before.

Quirky London