Mortonhall Crematorium receives positive inspection report

Monday April 24th 2023


The main chapel at Mortonhall crematorium.

Written by Midlothian View Reporter, Luke Jackson

An inspection report from the Scottish Government has found that a crematorium run by the City of Edinburgh Council has “no shortcomings in any aspect of the cremation process with good practice observed throughout the different stages.”

Robert Swanson QPM, the senior inspector of burial, cremation and funeral directors visited Mortonhall Crematorium earlier this month.

A range of aspects of the facilities provided by Mortonhall were examined including cremation, grounds, office management, service, staff and overall quality of the premises.

The report included various examples of good practice and made no further recommendations for improvements to the services provided. Key strengths included:

– A close, united and enthusiastic team, led by experienced and knowledgeable management.

– All public and private areas inspected during the course of the inspection were found to be clean, tidy and in a state of good repair.

– The gardens and grounds of the crematorium were seen to be well maintained and in good condition.

– The administration procedure and process, examined from point of first intimation to dispersal of the ashes, all were found to be of a high standard with noted attention to detail.

The Mortonhall Crematorium Management Plan was found to be of a high standard containing a great deal more than that required by the Regulations.

Environment Convener, Cllr Scott Arthur:

“I wholeheartedly agree with the independent Inspector that we’re very fortunate to have such a dedicated team. It’s never easy to lose a loved one, and our team provide a respectful, crucial and vital service to our residents in the most difficult of times.

“This inspection recognises that the team perform to a high standard, providing a first-class service to the local community and beyond. I am proud of the team, and offer my congratulations to them for this positive outcome and my thanks for their continued hard work.”

In 2019, Mortonhall Crematorium opened up its doors to the world with a virtual tour of the facility, which was designed by renowned architect Sir Basil Spence, who also designed Coventry Cathedral, and opened in 1967.

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