Torrecardenas residents in protest against crematorium

RESIDENTS of the Torrecardenas area of Almeria have collected 8,000 signatures against the municipal crematorium being located there.

They believe fumes from the crematorium pose a health hazard, something health authorities reject.

Their aim is to get the town hall to abandon the plans for the crematorium at the San Jose and Santa Adela cemetery in the city, and claim that they are backed by most residents.

They say the crematorium is a health hazard and point out that the conservative Partido Popular has promoted this project when just a few years ago the same party opposed a similar project in Huercal de Almeria.

However, the city hall has a report from the Municipal Health and Consumer Department which maintains that burning human cadavers is “not a source of contaminants” and has the permit from the Junta de Andalucia.

More than 100 residents from Torrecardenas met with the councillor, Carlos Sanchez, who promised to give a detailed explanation about cremation with funeral parlour ASV Funesur.

However, after 90 minutes, the local residents walked out of the meeting as Sanchez failed to respond to the question of why Torrecardenas was the chosen location.

By Jennifer Leighfield

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