The work, valued at 3.1 million, is multi-year and will double the area of the cemetery
Benidorm approves the tender for the extension of ‘Sant Jaume’ cemetery
The Local Government Board (JGL) has approved today the tender for the extension works of Sant Jaume cemetery in Marxassos area, with which the current area of the cemetery will be doubled. This has been announced today by the mayor, Toni Pérez, who recalled that “this is a major work, which will be carried out in several years and with which the cemetery will go from the current 41,780 square meters to 91,248, covering the needs of Benidorm for decades and making Sant Jaume cemetery a modern cemetery with all the necessary infrastructures and services ”.
This extension "will be carried out on municipal land located to the north of the current cemetery and it is expected that it can be completed in 2023." The mayor recalled that this action "involves an investment of 3.1 million euros, which will be distributed over several budget years." Thus, in the 2021 budget there is a provision of 1,261,058.62 euros for this work; while the rest of the investment is divided into the three subsequent years.
The mayor has indicated that "it is an important investment, but necessary." "The current facilities of Sant Jaume cemetery - he added - were designed with a capacity that has practically already been covered and it is necessary to adapt this space to the progressive increase in population that Benidorm has had in the last decade and to which it can foreseeably have in successive decades ”.
Broadly speaking, the project of which was approved last March, foresees creating a large parking space for the reception of visitors, changing the current access road and turn it into a central lane with no sidewalks and creating areas for “all types of burials ”. In addition, a plot is reserved for the construction of the future funeral home in Benidorm and green areas are planned.
"When planning this extension, attention has been paid to the future needs of the city, but it has also sought to improve access", he pointed out.
After approval of the tender file, it will be published on the State Procurement Platform together with the administrative clauses and the work project.
Toni Pérez has advanced that “until this expansion is a reality, the City Council will continue to allocate the necessary resources to, if necessary, build new blocks in the current facilities, as we have been doing in recent years ”. In this regard, he recalled that "since December 2015 until now, 520 burial units have been built, making the most of the unoccupied space of the current cemetery."