Tuesday, 19 February 2013
Newport man can keep Islamic sign on home
A NEWPORT businessman has won his fight to keep the Islamic creed on his home.
Mahmood Ali won an appeal against a decision by Newport planners to refuse consent for a green Arabic sign that gives the declaration of the muslim faith on his Chepstow Road house.
The story made international headlines and attracted hundreds of online comments.
Mr Ali appealed to the planning inspector after Newport council refused consent for the green sign on the basis its size and position made it an obtrusive advertisement.
The clothes shop owner said everyone should have the right to have such a blessing on their home, and says it is not an advert.
He said: "I'm very pleased, its a very good decision. It's a good way forward so people can feel comfortable living in the UK.