Minister told to pay advertising charge for cross

Minister told to pay £75 ‘advert’ charge for a wooden cross

A minister has been told he needs to pay £75 to put a wooden cross up outside his church because it constitutes an advertisement.

Paul Nzacahayo was keen to erect a cross outside the Dudley Wood Methodist Church in the West Midlands, which is being converted from an old school building.

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When he approached Dudley council about planning permission, he was told that under current legislation a cross was an advert for the Christian faith and so needed to be paid for.

Mr Nzacahayo, superintendent minister at the Overend Methodist Mission, said: “The cross is a symbol of our faith and to say it is an advert is getting the wrong end of the stick completely.”

A council spokesman said: “Crosses are defined as advertisements in the Town and Country Planning Act 1990.

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Telegraph, UK
Mar. 8, 2006
Nick Britten

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