Let there be…

GOD might have said, “Let there be light,” but Bayswater council has disagreed and told the Jehovah’s Witnesses to turn off an illuminated sign outside their Maylands hall.

The congregation, which is run by a body of elders, recently installed a couple of new signs at the Eighth Avenue church, but they were bigger than what’s allowed under the city’s planning scheme without the council’s official blessing.

As a result the Jehovah’s have had to submit a retrospective application, along with double the usual fee as penance for breaking the rules. They also had to consult with neighbours, a couple saying the 24-hour glow from the new signs has been “disturbing” and obtrusive.

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