THE new Wyre Forest cemetery and crematorium should be named after Stourport, according to the town’s Deputy Mayor.

Stourport Town Council carried a motion put forward by Independent Community and Health Concern town councillor Gary Talbot during a meeting, saying it should have Stourport in the name, not Wyre Forest.

Wyre Forest District Council decided the new site would be named Wyre Forest Cemetery and Crematorium.

The £4.2 million development, which is due for completion at the end of the year, is located on the A451, Minster Road, between Stourport and Kidderminster.

Mr Talbot said: “It is in Stourport so I think it should be named after Stourport. The town deserves more recognition and respect. We get hit time and time again. If it was in Kidderminster, I don’t think it would be named after Wyre Forest.”

Conservative district councillor Tracey Onslow, cabinet member for community wellbeing, said: “As the cemetery and crematorium is for the whole of the Wyre Forest area and the wider community, the name that was decided upon accurately reflects the position.”

The site has been developed by West Midlands company Dignity operating on behalf of the district council, with the new building designed by Kidderminster architects Howl Associates.

The name of the cemetery will now be discussed again by Wyre Forest district council.