ENVIRONMENTAL watchdogs have agreed that Inverclyde Council can expand a Greenock cemetery.
Officials have been working for several years to come up with a solution to a shortage of burial ground in the district.
A plan has now been drawn up to expand Knocknairshill Cemetery on Kilmacolm Road at a cost of around £1.6million.
A report updating councillors stated: “SEPA [Scottish Environmental Protection Agency] have given permission to extend the land at Knocknairshill Cemetery.
“This should increase capacity for the next 10 years.”
Knocknairshill is the only cemetery in the district that still has new lairs available and, in 2017, officials expected that it would be full up by some time this year, although no update regarding space is given in the latest report.
The first phase of development at Knocknairshill started in the early 1990s and the fifth and, at that time, final phase was completed in 2012, giving a total of 3,400 lairs.