Nottingham Cemetery U-Turn
Nottingham City Council now says that graves in its new cemetery can face in any direction:
An area in a £2.5m cemetery will be set aside for graves to face east, in line with Christian tradition, the city council now says.I put Steve Dowling's email address on my blog on Saturday. If you sent him a message or contacted the Nottingham Evening Post - well done.
Council leader Jon Collins insists people can be buried in any direction they want at the High Wood cemetery in Bulwell.
The news that graves would face north-east, in line with Muslim tradition, sparked outrage, and the Evening Post has been inundated with inquiries.
Steve Dowling, services director for environment and public protection, had said: "For people of the Muslim faith this fits in with a religious requirement, but it will also ensure a tidy appearance for the site as a whole. Consultation with a wide variety of groups will continue as the cemetery evolves and there will be an opportunity to consider any suggestions and special wishes."
He later added: "Anyone can be buried any way round they like. We have offered to meet representatives of the Diocese of Southwell and will work with them to accommodate their wishes."
Yesterday Coun Collins said: "We have always been mindful of the fact that different faiths have different traditions relating to burial and this is being accommodated.
"There is to be an area in the cemetery where people can be buried east to west just as there is an area for people to be buried in the Muslim tradition.
"All the options will be made clear prior to burial."