High Wycombe and Penn Road cemeteries rules for Muslim grave borders clarified


Muslim graves will now be allowed to have curbs fitted to them in graveyards around High Wycombe.

The rules for the two cemeteries in the area – the existing High Wycombe Cemetery and the soon-to-open Penn Road Cemetery – are being updated.

At the moment, sidewalks are banned from all graves – with the rules set to change for adult Muslim sections.

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A report to Buckinghamshire Council states: “The current rules and regulations for High Wycombe Cemetery prohibit the installation of edging sets on graves in lawned sections of the cemetery.

“It is proposed that this requirement will remain in place for all lawn sections of cemeteries, with the exception of adult Muslim sections where edging sets that do not extend beyond the grave/chamber space will now be permitted.

“Muslim graves are usually surrounded by a mound and as such are not maintained in the same way as other sections of lawn in cemeteries and are mowed and managed with hand tools (rather than with self-supporting equipment).

“Therefore, the installation of curb assemblies on mound graves does not significantly alter the maintenance requirements of these sections.

“Many of the Muslim graves in High Wycombe Cemetery already have curbs installed.

“The proposed change to rules and regulations to accommodate curb sets regularizes this going forward.”

Buckinghamshire Council’s High Wycombe Borough Committee will discuss the updated rules and regulations at their meeting on Tuesday March 8.

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