Blackburn with Darwen Council is putting up its charges for funerals and town centre parking.

The increases are revealed in executive decision papers, and could raise up to an extra £300,000 a year for council coffers.

The fees for all parking in Blackburn town centre will rise by a 30p from Monday, February 5.

The separate parking tariffs for Sundays will be abolished and all charges will operate seven days a week Mondays to Sundays.

The council's charges for burials and cremations will rise by around six per cent from January 1, as sky-rocketing energy prices have put up the costs for bereavement services.

The new charges have been condemned by Conservative group growth spokesman Cllr Paul Marrow.

He said: "These increases are scandalous.

"They are the last thing bereaved families, Blackburn town centre businesses and borough residents need during a cost of living crisis."

A report on parking charges from environment boss Cllr Jim Smith and growth boss Cllr Quesir Mahmood says: "On November 1 2022, all parking tariffs, Monday to Saturday in Blackburn town centre were increased by 20p.

"Parking tariffs on Sundays were increased by 50p with a £1.50 charge for up to three hours parking and a £2.50 charge for parking all day.

"Given the financial challenges facing the Council and the continuing changes and improvements to the town centre offer, it is proposed the parking tariffs are reviewed in 2024.

"We approve a 30p increase on all parking tariffs in the town centre to be introduced with effect from Monday February 5 2024.

"The report also sets out proposals to remove the separate parking tariffs for Sundays and to align parking tariffs,so that the same tariffs apply seven days a week."

A report by Cllr Smith on burial and cremation charges says: "The cost associated with the provision of burials and cremations have increased significantly in the past year due to the spiralling costs of utilities and the increasing costs of goods and services, including the purchase and maintenance of equipment and vehicles.

"Fees and charges income makes a valuable contribution to the running costs of cemeteries and crematoria services, enabling these important services to be sustained and provided."

The increases in charges for burials and cremations are:

  • cremation adult from £920 to £980 - 6.52 per cent;
  • grave purchase from £1,450 to £1,600 - 6.08 per cent;
  • burial one space from £590 to £630 - 6.78 per cent;
  • burial two spaces from £640 to £680 - 6.25 per cent; and
  • burial three spaces from £755 to £800 - 5.96 per cent.

The new parking charges will be:

  • On Street Short Stay (Monday-Sunday 8am-6pm): 30 minutes £1.50, one hour £2.10, 1hr 30mins £2.70, and two hours £3.10;
  • On Street Long Stay (Monday-Sunday 8am-6pm): two hours £2.20, four hours £3.10, six hours £4, and over six hours £4.70;
  • Off Street Short Stay (Monday-Sunday 8am-6pm): one hour £1.90, two hours £2.60, three hours £3.30, five hours £4.70, and over five hours £8.90;
  • Off Street Long Stay (Monday-Sunday 8am-6pm): two hours £2.20, four hours £3.10, six hours £4.00, and over six hrs £4.70; and
  • Feilden St Multi-Storey (Monday-Sunday 8am-6pm): one hour £1.90,two hours £2.40,four hours £3.40, eight hours £4.60 and over eight hours £6.90.

The council will continue to provide public health funerals for people who have passed away in the borough and have no next of kin, or whose next of kin, relatives or friends are unable to make the necessary arrangements.

The parking charges increase is expected to generate an extra £159,000 a year for the council and the burial and cremation fees an additional £130,000 annually.