Funeral directors plan for former Saxilby cafe approved

Plans for the change of use of a former Saxilby cafe and post office into a funeral directors have been approved.

Proposals, submitted by Cliff Bradley & Sons Funeral Directors, will now see 39 High Street become its second premises.

Currently with an office in Gainsborough, the company was looking to expand into the Saxilby area in order to meet demand.

Occupying the full width of the ground floor for business purposes, a separate residential unit above will also be created.

For over 50 years the premises served as the village Post Office and Sorting Office, however this ceased in 2017 following the development of a new Lincolnshire Co-op mini-supermarket further north-west along the High Street, where replacement post office services were installed.

Since that time the premises has been occupied and run as a cafe.

A spokesperson for the company said: “The applicant’s company is a well-established and renowned business within West Lindsey.

“Family owned and operated, it has been providing funeral services locally for 55 years, since first establishing in 1964. The rationale for opening a branch in Saxilby is to meet increasing demand in the local area, with no other funeral director services currently provided for anywhere within the village.

“At present the company operates from an established premises in Gainsborough. Provision of an additional business location will serve to both facilitate further growth of the business, and ultimately this would result in additional local employment, and better serve the needs of its customers.

“39 High Street Saxilby offers the opportunity to meet business needs in terms of both the public-fronting aspect, and also the private separate area associated with sensitively handling and moving the deceased.

“The nature of the business requires that, whilst the offices would operate at limited opening hours, the premises will need to be accessible (primarily at the rear) out of hours to facilitate the delivery of deceased’s following a call- out. This theoretically could be any time of day, 365 days per year.”