Expansion of The Vale main chapel delayed

The Vale
The Vale

The Vale main chapel in Luton which closed in May as part of a major transformation may not open until the new year after a delay with the construction.

Essential works to expand the main chapel with room for 100 extra people began in May and the plan was to close until October 1, but this has been pushed back following a problem with the construction company, where all work was stopped.

Building Technical Services, the company responsible for the maintenance, repair and refurbishment for Luton Borough Council, will now be taking on the construction work.

Services at The Vale Cemetery and Crematorium, Hitchin Road, will be conducted in the smaller chapel, which was revamped last year.

Larger services will be conducted at St Thomas’ Church in Stopsley Village.

A spokesman for Luton Borough Council said: “We would like to reassure local people that services at the Vale Crematorium are very much open and we appreciate your patience while the improvement works are taking place.

“Once complete, the works being carried out at the Vale will provide much improved services and facilities for families and also increase the overall capacity in order to reduce waiting times in the future.

“We regret that issues with the previous contractor unfortunately caused delays to these improvements, we have however mobilised our own in-house building company (BTS) who are arranging to complete the project.”

A worker for The Vale said: “The company that were doing the work here went bust so BTS had to come in and inspect what work had been done and now they are completing the work, I don’t think the big chapel will be open until March.”

The Vale, which opened in 1959, offers two separate facilities for cremation.

The facilities include sound systems to play chosen music and the ability to broadcast the service via the internet using a web cam for people who are unable to attend.

> For more information call 01582 723700 or email crematorium@luton.gov.uk.