Council officers have recommended that Council provide a section of Coleraine Cemetery to accommodate Muslim faith burials.
A report that will be brought forward to Councillors tomorrow evening at the Environmental Services Committee says that due to the growing Muslim population in the Causeway Coast area that there is a lack of burial space for the Muslim community.
The background of the report reads: An Imam (Muslim religious leader) and other leaders approached Council to highlight the growing Muslim population in the Causeway Coast area and the lack of burial space for the Muslim community.
Their current concerns are being exacerbated by the growing numbers of Muslim refugees in the area. They are asking if a section of a Council cemetery could be made available to them for burials. As part of their traditions the deceased is laid to rest with the coffin orientated in a south-west/northeast alignment. Site meetings confirmed that Coleraine Cemetery was currently orientated in a manner that met their needs and a section could be easily be set aside to accommodate them.
Given their small but growing population in the Borough it is feasible to set aside a section of Coleraine Cemetery which would meet their need for the next 20 years + (8 to 10 burials per year). The attached plan below shows how Council could facilitate their request.