A PET memorial garden could be approved next week for Wat Tyler Park, in Basildon.

A report to the neighbourhoods and public spaces committee of Basildon Council on Wednesday next week states the park was set aside in 2013 and planted with birch trees using funding from the Veolia North Thames Trust.

If councillors approve the pet memorial garden proposal and the proposed charging schedule then the opportunity to secure a lasting and peaceful memorial for much loved pets can be offered to borough residents.

Councillor David Harrison, committee chairman, said: “I think that there will be lots of pet owners who would really appreciate this quiet space, set among trees, as a final resting place for their much loved animals and somewhere they can visit as often as they wish, confident that they will find the space will be well-maintained and respected.”

The committee will also decide if it wishes to see a wider policy developed for the borough’s parks and open spaces.

It comes in response to local Friends’ Groups, who have asked the council for more control of the scattering of ashes.