Finally: Rainbow Flags Don't Need Planning Permission

By Rob Last edited 160 months ago
Finally: Rainbow Flags Don't Need Planning Permission

It took Westminster Council long enough but they've finally relented and changed their policy on the displaying of rainbow flags in Soho.

This whole thing kicked off back in January of this year when pubs in Soho were ordered to remove their flags on the grounds that they constituted a structural change and could be perceived as 'advertising' (advertising what exactly?).

Ken spoke out against the council's action then and again in May when a shop on Brewer Street had its application to display a rainbow flag rejected by a council planning committee.

Now, according to the Mayor's press release, most shops and bars "will be allowed to fly a rainbow flag without needing to apply for planning permission," (although we're not sure why it's 'most' and not 'all').

Ken himself has said:

London is making great progress as one of the most lesbian and gay friendly cities in the world. This welcome U-turn by Westminster follows the decision by Bromley to allow lesbian and gay partnership ceremonies and holiday firm Sandals to stop discriminating against gay couples after we banned discriminatory ads from the transport system. It shows that if you stand up to bigotry you can win in 21st century London. I look forward to welcoming Euro-Pride to London in 2006.

21st Century London: no jetpacks but less bigotry. We can live with that.

Last Updated 08 November 2005