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Pub can fly gay flag with pride
2:42pm Wednesday 27th February 2013 in News
A LANDLORD has been given permission to fly a gay flag outside his pub after being ordered to take it down.
Stephen Culham, who runs the Red Lion in Ardleigh, was told to take down two flags by Tendring Council after complaints from villagers.
Strict planning rules mean only the national flag can be flown without permission on listed buildings.
Now the council has backed down, saying the situation requires a “common sense approach”.
Council leader Peter Halliday said: “We have taken the view that provided he only flies one flag from the property then no action will be taken.”
Mr Culham, who has run the grade-two listed Red Lion, in The Street, for more than three years, said: “As a gay man I am also very proud of the flag and the council was denying me the right to fly my flag.
“I have said all along, if I had been flying a Union Jack flag or displaying red, white and blue bunting, there would not be an issue.
“I’m glad the council has seen sense.”