Knowsley Council carried out a consultation (online and in-person events) from 5 June until 4 August 2023 regarding proposals to extend Knowsley Cemetery into Whiston Woods.
The proposals would create the additional capacity needed over the next 100 years to allow residents of Knowsley and neighbouring areas to lay their loved ones to rest in the local area. Further information about the proposals and why the Whiston Woods site was selected can be found here.
In total, 222 survey responses were received and 83 people attended one or more of the seven in-person events that took place across the Borough and in neighbouring St Helens.
A summary of the consultation findings are:-
- Overall, 54% of respondents indicated their support to extend the cemetery into Whiston Woods.
- The majority of respondents (77%) felt that cemetery provision should be available locally for Knowsley residents.
- People’s main reason for currently visiting Whiston Woods was for walking and exercise.
- The majority of respondents (74%) supported the proposed habitat and woodland management improvements.
- The majority of respondents (73%) supported the proposed pathway and community access improvements.
- Some respondents highlighted parking and increased traffic as potential issues. The proposals include car park provision at the site and entrance / junction improvement works will be undertaken.
- In terms of improvements at Whiston Woods, installation of bins / benches, habitat improvements, improvements to the entrance and wildflower planting were key priorities.
A report will be presented at the Council’s Cabinet meeting on 6 December 2023 to outline the consultation findings and agree the next steps.