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Official unveiling of new facilities at Saffron Hill Cemetery

Published on Tuesday, April 4, 2017

NEWLY-REFURBISHED facilities at Saffron Hill Cemetery have been officially unveiled.

On Friday (31 March), Cllr Piara Singh Clair, assistant city mayor for leisure, culture and sport, officially opened the refurbished Janazgah – Muslim funeral hall – at the cemetery.

The Janazgah is used for Muslim funeral services, and has recently been refurbished thanks to a city council improvement project to improve and extend facilities at Saffron Hill Cemetery.

The cemetery was extended in 2014/15, to provide additional space for new graves, new car parking, landscaping and disabled toilet facilities as part of a £450,000 improvement scheme. The next phase of the cemetery extension is due to commence later this year.

Work at the Janazgah has included creating better access, installing new canopies outside the hall and providing new doors and windows.

Cllr Clair said: “The upgraded facilities at the Janazgah will support dignified funeral services for many years to come. They complement the wider improvements we’ve made to Saffron Hill since 2014, to ensure that the cemetery is fit for the future.”

To mark the occasion, Cllr Clair unveiled a new plaque provided by the Muslim Burial Council of Leicestershire (MBCOL).

Suleman Nagdi, chairman of MBCOL, said: “We are grateful to Leicester City Council for their support which will contribute to providing much-needed pastoral care to the Muslim community.

“The UK has a long tradition of supporting faith-based initiatives such as Christian, Hindu and Sikh schools or multi-faith chaplaincy services in the NHS. This shows that people of many faiths and beliefs have needs which are catered for and we should feel proud of this.

“MBCOL has worked to share good practice with other faith communities for a long time and the facility marks many years of hard work to provide improved community facilities at Saffron Hill Cemetery".