I wasn't going to raise a thread on this but it has reached the national media and to be fair I am a bit cross.
There has been an ongoing story in my local paper of a Romany gipsy, Shadrack Smith who died at the age of 89. He was a Romany gipsy and has lived in our area for years and he was duely going to be buried in Lychgate Lane cemetery in a family plot , purchased years ago, which faces in the direction of the gipsy site he came from.
It then transpired that the council had received a complaint from the family of the deceased buried adjacent to Shadracks plot , they are a Muslim family and object to having a non Muslim buried beside their plot!
The council are meeting today to make a decision as to whether or not TO DIG UP SHADRACK and move his burial site elsewhere. It has naturally dervasted the family and community.
The Parish Council state the area of the cemetery is unconsecrated ground but does not say it is for Muslim's only, why should that be the case anyway.
Yes, the council will have its own legal department. As a result of the cuts, most l.a's have combined their legal departments, losing staff I expect. The l.a. legal department may have sought advice from counsel given the sensitivities. If it's appealed the court will have the benefit of expert legal advice and hopefully, can't criticise the council or reverse its decision.