Bristol says no to new digital billboard

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Success! Plans for a new digital advertising screen have been rejected by Bristol City Council following objections from Adblock Bristol members and supporters.

Advertisers wanted to replace a static billboard at the bottom of Marlborough Street, near Bristol’s central bus station and the Bearpit, with a new brightly-lit digital screen. Local residents and traders argued that it would be a distraction to motorists (to whom it would obviously be aimed), unsightly to pedestrians and harmful to the character of Bristol. The application was refused in February 2018.

Read the Bristol Post article here.

The existing hoarding – which is very large, known in the industry as ’96-sheet’ size – has been on the site for many years without any planning consent. Christmas Steps Arts Quarter, a group of local traders and residents, have raised the issue with the council who say they will make sure the offending structure is removed.

Hamilton Caswell of Christmas Steps Arts Quarter said, “The applicant may appeal, but unless they are successful we look forward to seeing the site (a pleasant wall fronted by shrubs) revealed without either type of hoarding in front.”

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