BIDEFORD Town Council is to appeal against the High Court decision banning prayers from council agendas.
Councillors held an extraordinary meeting behind closed doors last night with the Manchester-based firm, Aughton Ainsworth, which represented them.
In a statement Bideford Town Council said: “Subject to confirmation that costs will be indemnified, the town council will appeal the judicial review decision.
“In the interim period, prayers will be removed from the agenda and said before the start of the main meeting.”
Former Bideford councillor and atheist, Clive Bone, and the National Secular Society took legal action against the town council claiming its actions were unlawful.
They won the case last week which meant councils across the country were forced to change their agendas.
The decision by Mr Justice Ouseley, sitting in London last Friday, was criticised by senior religious figures, including former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey, and politicians – with Communities Secretary Eric Pickles describing it as “illiberal and intolerant”.