A new crematorium could be on the cards for Maidstone in the next 18 months - but for animals. The Borough Council has plans to install the facility at its existing, human crematorium. But commercial operators say it's not a workable business and a waste of taxpayer's money, accusations the council denies.
David Johns reports, speaking to Sharon Brown from Maidstone Borough Council; crematorium owner Carl Bolton; and Kevin Spurgeon from the Association of Private Pet Cemetaries and Crematoria.
The issue of bereaved relatives and friends leaving personal memorabilia to mark the spot where their loved one's ashes have been scattered is becoming more and more contentious across the region.
There's been a huge increase in the number of items, including miniature headstones, ornaments and even fencing.
Now, one crematorium at Worthing in West Sussex has decided to remove the items - saying they are inappropriate. But some mourners say the objects help them remember their loved ones.
The interviewees in Malcolm Shaw's report are: Sheila Howell, a Crematorium visitor and Councillor Clive Roberts, Conservative, Worthing Council.
A crematorium in Sussex has come under fire for removing personal memorabilia left by families to mark the spots where their relatives' ashes have been scattered.
Worthing Crematorium says there's been a huge increase in the number of items, including miniature headstones, ornaments and fencing.
Managers say some families don't like them.