New Southgate Cemetery Act 2017

Document Number:2017 CHAPTER ii
 
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An Act to confer powers upon New Southgate Cemetery and Crematorium Limited and the National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá’ís of the United Kingdom to extinguish rights of burial and disturb human remains in New Southgate Cemetery for the purpose of increasing the space for interments; and for connected purposes.

WHEREAS—

The Great Northern London Cemetery Company (“Great Northern”) was incorporated by the Great Northern London Cemetery Act 1855 and, under the powers of that Act, purchased lands formerly in the urban district of East Barnet, in the county of Hertford, and now in the London Borough of Barnet (“the Borough”) and constructed a cemetery (“the cemetery”) on a portion of the said lands:

Further provisions were made with regard to the cemetery and further powers were conferred on Great Northern by the Great Northern London Cemetery Act 1876 and the Great Northern London Cemetery Act 1896 , and Great Northern was empowered by the Great Northern London Cemetery (Crematorium) Act 1953 to erect and maintain and has erected and maintained within the cemetery a crematorium for the burning of human remains:

The cemetery is situated on that portion of the lands purchased by Great Northern under the said Act of 1855 which lies on the east side of Brunswick Park Road in the Borough:

The remainder of such lands lie on the west side of the said Brunswick Park Road and have been sold by Great Northern in pursuance of powers conferred upon it by the Great Northern London Cemetery Company Act 1961 and the Great Northern London Cemetery Company Act 1968:

Under the powers of the Great Northern London Cemetery Act 1976 , Great Northern disposed of certain further surplus land and transferred the ownership and management of the remaining cemetery to New Southgate Cemetery and Crematorium Limited (“New Southgate”):

Under the New Southgate Cemetery and Crematorium Limited Act 1990 , New Southgate transferred ownership of part of the cemetery (“the transferred land”) to the National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá’ís of the United Kingdom (“the Bahá’ís”):

In order that better use may be made of the land in the cemetery for burials, it is expedient that New Southgate and the Bahá’ís be authorised to extinguish certain rights of burial granted in graves in the cemetery and to disturb, or authorise the disturbance of, human remains interred in such graves and also in graves where no rights of burial were granted, for the purpose of increasing the space for further interments in such graves and to use appropriately or remove altogether from the cemetery memorials on such graves:

It is expedient that the other provisions contained in this Act should be enacted:

The objects of this Act cannot be attained without the authority of Parliament:

May it therefore please your Majesty that it may be enacted, and be it enacted, by the Queen’s Most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:

1 Citation and commencement

This Act may be cited as the New Southgate Cemetery Act 2017 and comes into force at the end of 28 days beginning with the day on which this Act is passed.

2 Interpretation

In this Act—

“the borough” means the London Borough of Barnet;

“burial” includes the interment of cremated remains and “right of burial” includes “right of interment” accordingly;

“the burial authority” means—

in relation to the transferred land, the National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá’ís of the United Kingdom, and

in relation to any other part of the cemetery, New Southgate Cemetery and Crematorium Limited;

“the cemetery” means the New Southgate Cemetery referred to in the preamble to this Act, constructed and administered under the Great Northern London Cemetery...

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