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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