With effect from the 1 of August the three Coronial areas across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough have been brought together and will be served by one Senior Coroner.
In November last year councillors on Cambridgeshire County Council’s Highways and Community Infrastructure Committee agreed to form the merger, which followed a scrutiny review of the service. Peterborough City Council agreed to support the merger earlier this year.
The review specifically looked at the feasibility of a single jurisdiction following the retirement of the Senior Coroners for the two Cambridgeshire jurisdictions (South and West, and North and East) in April this year.
There is now a new Senior Coroner for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, David Heming. David Heming was previously the Senior Coroner for Peterborough.
Cambridgeshire County Council’s Service Director for Infrastructure Management and Operations, John Onslow said “This is an excellent example of partnership working which will see greater efficiency benefits. We would like to take this opportunity to welcome our new Senior Coroner, and to thank our retiring Senior Coroners, David Morris and William Morris, for their work in the county over the past 30 years.”
Councillor Gavin Elsey, Cabinet member for digital, waste and street scene at Peterborough City Council, said “The City Council is happy to be working with the County Council to merge the coroner areas of Peterborough and Cambridgeshire, and I wish David the best of luck in his new role.”