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Aberdeen Crematorium receives glowing report in wake of ashes scandal

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A new report on Aberdeen’s scandal-hit crematorium reveals that new practices appear to have “restored public confidence” in the facility.

Robert Swanson QPM, Inspector of Crematoria for Scotland, visited the Hazlehead site in January to monitor progress made since the baby ashes debacle was uncovered.

The city crematorium was heavily criticised after it emerged in a 2015 report that baby and adult ashes were routinely mixed together.

Baby ashes scandal: Report finds improvements at Aberdeen crematorium

Grieving parents were often told that babies produced no ash to hand back to families.

Council bosses have insisted that practices have been “transformed” in the wake of the national scandal.

Now a glowing report from Mr Swanson found has found cremations are carried out to a “high standard”.

He wrote: “The inspection found there to be no shortcomings in any aspect of the cremation process, with current management and staff to be commended for the high standards they have set and maintained in recent times.

“They have overcome hurdles set by their predecessors and appear to have restored public confidence with regards current working practice.

“In conclusion, the inspection found working practices and standards at Aberdeen Crematorium to be of a very high standard, with no areas of weakness or concern identified.”

Last month it was announced that there would be a £1million revamp of the crematorium with the replacement of both its entrance and reception area and the installation of new disabled toilets and a digital media system.

A new memorial and sculpture has also been designed for those affected by the baby ashes scandal.

Hazlehead, Queens Cross and Countesswells councillor John Cooke said: “It is clearly welcome that the crematorium has been given such a positive report, not least given the previous problems that were found there.”

And fellow ward councillor Jennifer Stewart added: “I hope this report from the inspector will provide some reassurance, although we should never forget what happened.”

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