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Meeting: 10/06/2019 - Community & Resources (Item 9)

9 Burial facilities for members of the community with an Islamic Faith pdf icon PDF 2 MB

To receive the report of the Strategic Manager (Resources)

Decision:

Resolved:

 

1.    That the current cemetery procedures be reviewed and updated to reflect the current needs of the community.

 

2.    That the procedures are re-drafted to reduce the potential for mourner participation and remove the option to utilise shrouds (all burials should be in caskets).

 

3.    That the burial of members of other faith groups to be accommodated and  the principle to allocate and segregate an area of the Higher Cemetery in Bideford for specific use by the Islamic community be approved.

 

4.    That such provision be limited to residents of the District and be extended to other faith groups as may be necessary in the future.

 

5.    That all graves be traditional lawn graves; mound graves will not be accommodated. Over-sized tributes and headstones will not be permitted.

 

6.    That the full detail of the specific requirements should be developed following consultation and more detailed discussions with the local leaders of the respective faith groups.

 

7.    That it does not restrict the rights of the Council from extending the cemetery in the future.

 

 

 

Minutes:

The purpose of the report, presented by the Property and Procurement Manager, was for Members to consider and approve the provision of a dedicated area of Bideford Higher cemetery for use by the families from across the District who have an Islamic or other faith.

 

The Property and Procurement Manager informed the Committee of an update to the report, namely that the original proposal to “fence” off the area as a dedicated space was now considered to  be unsympathetic.  It was felt that hedging would be a more sympathetic separation.

 

All concerns and issues raised by Members were addressed by the Property and Procurement Manager.   These included:

 

·         Double grave – having a separate area of Echelon graves facing Mecca would not be taking up so much room, and therefore double graves would not be needed.  This would reduce the costs to the families.

 

·         Segregation – this is preferred by this particular faith group and other faiths.

 

·         Hedging – it was agreed was more sympathetic.

 

Following a discussion it was proposed by Councillor Brenton, seconded by Councillor Christie that the recommendations detailed in the report be agreed.

 

Councillor Brenton left the meeting at 11.35 am.

 

Councillor Pennington raised a concern with regard to the future expansion of the graveyard.  He suggested that an additional recommendation be included to ensure that the rights of the Council to extend the cemetery in the future are not restricted.

 

As Councillor Brenton had left the meeting, this amendment to his original proposal could not be agreed.

 

It was proposed by Councillor James, seconded by Councillor Laws and –

 

Resolved:

 

1.    That the current cemetery procedures be reviewed and updated to reflect the current needs of the community.

 

2.    That the procedures are re-drafted to reduce the potential for mourner participation and remove the option to utilise shrouds (all burials should be in caskets).

 

3.    That the burial of members of other faith groups to be accommodated and  the principle to allocate and segregate an area of the Higher Cemetery in Bideford for specific use by the Islamic community be approved.

 

4.    That such provision be limited to residents of the District and be extended to other faith groups as may be necessary in the future.

 

5.    That all graves be traditional lawn graves; mound graves will not be accommodated. Over-sized tributes and headstones will not be permitted.

 

6.    That the full detail of the specific requirements should be developed following consultation and more detailed discussions with the local leaders of the respective faith groups.

 

7.    That it does not restrict the rights of the Council from extending the cemetery in the future.

 

 

(Vote:  For 9, Against 2) – One Member having left the meeting