DETAILS of training sessions for volunteer car park marshals at Pleasington Cemetery to reduce traffic problems at large Muslim Funerals have been revealed.

In a report to tonight’s full Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council Forum meeting environment boss Cllr Jim Smith tells colleagues 24 people were recruited and trained in 2017.

He says: “I am delighted with this response.

“Following this training, the council launched the volunteer car park marshalling scheme to assist traffic management when large Muslim burials were booked at Pleasington Cemetery.

“Brent Stevenson Stonemasons fully funded the purchase of 12 high visibility jackets and 12 walkie talkies for the volunteer car park marshals to ensure that the marshals are easily identifiable and can maintain regular communication with each other when a funeral is taking place.

“The council will be organising a further accredited training programme for up to 25 new volunteer car park marshals in February/March 2018 to ensure we have sufficient qualified volunteer marshals to provide support for Muslim burials.”