Bretby crem sale a done deal

Charles Cowling

Exactly why East Staffordshire Borough Council and South Derbyshire District Council, the representatives of the people of Buxton-upon-Trent, who are the owners of Bretby crematorium, should want to sell it on their behalf and without their say so, is a dark and nasty mystery. Bretby crem is profit-making, well run and highly regarded.

The sale was agreed by the councillors in a secret meeting. Why secret? The same Judas councillors are now in negotiation with Midlands Co-op, and they’re talking figures in the region of £8 million – a large sum for the Co-op to recoup. How are they going to do that? What’s in it for them?

Anxieties have been raised about monopoly issues.

Councillor Frank Bather, independent, has criticised the councils for ‘lack of communication’ – in other words, conspiratorial secrecy. He asks why no mention was made of the proposed sale in the borough council newsletter.

Here is the council’s dog-ate-my-homework explanation:

“We did have information about the sale in the newsletter when we were looking into it. Now the newsletter will not come out until after the elections. It is a timing thing.”

Bastards!

 

 

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No doubt the Midlands Co-op’s accountants have done their sums, and our arithmeical speculations are idle unless there’s an actual conspiracy afoot. No comment. But a big outfit like the one in question can sink money into a long-term venture whose greater vision is growth. Perhaps it’s simply a case of monopoly being the better part of profitability? If the SAIF investigation into prices can tell us anything, it’s that this is not to keep down the price of funerals for Midlands to get an edge on competitors. Recently bereaved people choose a funeral director for less than logical reasons,… Read more »

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I wonder how many of the 1,300 funerals are carried out by the prospective owners? Perhaps they like the thought of having the profit from their crem fees recycled to them?

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🙂 I typed one too many 0’s on my calculator – £1.3m should read £130,000. With prices like that I should work for Funeralcare!

Apologies for the error – I need a drink after a hard day’s work.

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Bretby Crem carried out 1,397 cremations in 2008, and 1,390 cremations in 2009, ranking the crematorium 155th by volume out of the 256 crematoria in operation. The basic cremation fee at Bretby was £444 in 2009, which was 211th out of 256. Considering that the top 50 crematoria charged between £548 and £649 in 2009, there is considerable scope for price increases. £100 added to 1,300 cremations gives a £1.3 million pound return. Add on to that the savings by using Bretby staff as bearers on funerals and the returns from increasing the prices of memorialisation then you can see… Read more »