Neighbors angry over crematorium plans

Residents in Woodstock say they are fed up with plans to build a crematorium and funeral home near the Towne Lake neighborhood. Residents nearby say the project will spew dangerous fumes and chemicals into the air and they fear lower property values as a result.

The project developer and owner, Brian Poole, is also a Cherokee County commissioner. The project is a private endeavor by Poole and is not related to County business.

On Tuesday night, unhappy residents turned up at the Cherokee County commission meeting to voice their opposition to the plans.

"It's just in a bad location," said Tony Berwald, a resident of Woodstock. "It's near thousands of residents and a pool," he said.

Brian Poole would not speak to FOX 5 News on-camera, instead only commenting through his attorney Nate Cochran. Cochran said Poole has altered plans to accommodate the fears of those residents. He said the crematorium will now be constructed at a different location.

During the meeting, County Commissioner Scott Gordon pointed out that nothing legally prevents Poole from building on the site, as it is appropriately zoned.

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