A return to unmarked graves?

“…for the future the re-use of the areas might be by way of unmarked
graves, as it has been in the past

The recent judgment Re Streatham Cemetery [2023] ECC Swk 3 concerns cemetery development. Opened more than one hundred years ago, there is now very little room in Streatham Cemetery for further burials. A Petition by the Bereavement Services Manager of Lambeth LBC[1] sought permission to re-use land within two areas of the cemetery through the operation of “lifting and deepening” of existing interments, thereby creating new burial space. The observations of Petchey Ch., (above and at [16]), indicate some of the issues to be addressed on the growing shortage of burial space. Continue reading