Church group in plan to put up giant cross at Earby

First published in Pendle Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by

A GIANT cross could be erected on land near to Earby post office to celebrate Easter.

The Churches Together group which covers Earby, Kelbrook and Salterforth have asked Pendle Council for per-mission to put up the wooden cross.

They would keep the cross, which would be 5 ft wide and 9 ft high, on the banking across from the post office for up to three weeks from March 15.

Glenys Barnes, from Pendle Council’s property management arm Liberata, said: “The chairman of Churches Together in Earby, Kelbrook and Salterforth has written to ask the council’s permission to erect a temporary wooden cross approximately 5 ft wide and 9 ft high, with 2 ft 6 ins of the cross buried in the ground, on the banking on council land across from the post office in Earby, behind the black planters.

“The cross would be on the site for a maximum period of three weeks beginning on Friday March 15, 2013.

“The chairman advises that the structure would be fixed securely under the super-vision of a ‘professional Pendle tradesman’ and that insurance would be through St Peter’s Methodist Church’s insurance on behalf of Churches Together.”

If the council grant permission for the cross to be put up by way of a licence, then Churches Together will have to indemnify the council against injury and damage to property.

It will also have to submit evidence of sufficient public liability insurance cover, relevant health and safety documentation and agreeing to reinstate the council’s land to its satisfaction.

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