THE people behind plans to develop a private cemetery near Keighley Tarn have been invited to a meeting by Keighley's MP.

John Grogan said he intends this meeting, which he also wants councillors and faith leaders to attend, to be in the first week of April. He added that he wants to see "improved communications" between the owners of the development site and nearby residents.

Permission for the cemetery, off Black Hill Lane, was granted by Bradford Council nearly two and a half years ago, but so far only preparatory work has been done on the main part of the site.

Once the cemetery is complete it should accommodate up to 2,000 graves.

The landowners have recently been criticised for the appearance of their land, with one person saying the large wooden posts erected on its perimeter make it resemble a "prison camp".

Mr Grogan said: "Just after Easter I am inviting the backers of the new cemetery near Keighley Tarn to meet local councillors.

"The area around the tarn is beloved by Keighley people of all generations and from all communities and backgrounds.

"The cemetery has had planning permission for some time, with stringent conditions attached which must be adhered to.

"Private cemeteries are not uncommon and indeed the existing cemetery at Utley will be full in a few years.

"Nevertheless, it is essential that a proper plan is outlined as to how the new cemetery is going to be run, and improved communications established with those living locally."

The Keighley News contacted the cemetery developers for comment, but had not received a response by the time the paper went to print.