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New Muslim grave plots to be added to Preston Cemetery

Posted on - 21st May, 2019 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Politics, Preston Council, Preston News, Ribbleton
Preston Cemetery in Ribbleton Pic: Stephen Geraghty
Preston Cemetery in Ribbleton Pic: Stephen Geraghty

Preston Cemetery looks set to get more space for the city to bury its loved ones.

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A report to Preston City Council’s cabinet identified the city is beginning to run out of burial plots.

There is significant presure on the amount of space available for the city’s Muslim community to be able to bury their dead.

Council officers write there’s around three to four years of space remaining within the burial ground of the Ribbleton cemetery for Muslim burial plots.

The city splits the burial areas along denomination lines with space Church of England, Roman Catholic, Muslim, Jewish and non-confirmoist groups too.

Land on the northern side of the cemetery, near Ribbleton Avenue, is due to be cleared and brought into use as a burial area for the city’s Muslim community.

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This will come at a cost of £171,655 and be met by reserves set aside for the upkeep of the cemetery.

Designs for the burial area have been produced with consultation with representatives from the Preston Muslim Society and ensuring they have the correct alignment to respect Muslim burial practices.

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The city’s cabinet is due to discuss the proposals during their next meeting on Wednesday 29 May.

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