We all know about the parking and speeding fines and waste management fees and the cost of advertising boards outside the store and the penalty culture overall. But it gets worse and I couldn’t resist retelling the following.

A little while ago, on Radio 4 (and therefore very likely true), there was a report that Dudley Council was charging a Methodist minister £75 for ‘advertising’ after he erected a cross outside his church. Ah, gives you faith in local councils, eh? 

So if they charge for a symbolic cross, how long will it be before they decide that displaying the Spar, Londis or Costcutter symbol over your store should attract an extra fee?