BEREAVED families on Teesside have given their local crematoria the thumbs up.

Middlesbrough Council commissioned a survey to discover how people perceived the services offered by its crematoria.

Out of the 200 bereaved families that responded to questionnaires, the overwhelming majority felt that they were adequately catered for.

More than 96 per cent considered that the chapel was warm and comfortable, the music satisfactory and the service long enough.

94 per cent said the chapel was ready when they arrived, and 72 per cent felt that the car parking facilities were satisfactory.

The Garden of Remembrance was popular among those who had used it, with 90 per cent describing it as excellent or good, although only 58 per cent said they would have remains scattered there.

Phil Harper, the council's head of public protection and planning, welcomed the findings.

He said: "Satisfaction levels are reasonably high and future surveys are programmed to look at cemetery service provision and maintenance schemes."



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