A council has been criticised for plans to be the first in Britain to use its crematorium furnace to heat a swimming pool.
Town hall chiefs at Redditch want to use the excess heat to warm the pool at the neighbouring Abbey Stadium Sports Centre.
Council chiefs say it will save cash and is a greener way of powering the leisure centre - but local people have expressed concerns at the "eerie" proposals.
Simon Thomas, of Thomas Brothers Funeral Directors, said: "I don't know how comfortable people would feel about the swimming pool being heated due to the death of a loved one, I think it's a bit strange and eerie.
"I'm not comfortable with it at all and I think trying to save money due to the death of someone's family member or friend is a bit sick. It just doesn't feel right."