Act now! 13 new digital ad screens planned for central Bristol

Right. There are 13 planning applications for new digital advertising screens in process for central Bristol and Clifton. These would mean yet more brightly lit, changing advertising displays causing obstructions and vying for our attention, which we really don’t need.

The official deadline for comments has actually just passed but comments are still open so please ACT NOW! We’ve recently seen the council reject a whole bunch of new digital screens, following a large number of objections from people in Bristol. So, please do take a few minutes to submit your objections to these new applications and let planning officers know your concerns.

  1. Firstly, here are 11 applications for digital screens to be installed on bus shelters.
  • Find the ‘comments’ section
  • Submit your objection (please see below for some pointers on what you could say – bear in mind that there are just two grounds under which an application can officially be rejected, those are safety and amenity, so planning officers are much more likely to take note if you mention these):
    • PUBLIC SAFETY: The digital panels are proposed on the side of the bus shelter facing (therefore obviously for the attention of) oncoming traffic. The panel changes every 10 seconds, and would be dangerous distraction for motorists, especially as they approach a crowd of pedestrians congregating around a bus stop.
    • IMPACT ON AMENITY: The surrounding buildings and streetscapes were designed by eminent architects to improve the character and quality of central Bristol. This character would be demeaned and harmed by bright, brash, corporate advertising which virtually never relates to local Bristol businesses.  It does nothing for the local community or quality of life.
    • WHERE IN, OR OVERLOOKED BY CONSERVATION AREAS: Five of the below cases fall into this category, indicated below. These digital advertisements would be against the spirit of Bristol City Council’s online document PAN 8 – Advertising guidelines in Bristol’s conservation areas.

18/03989/A | Display of single sided digital advertising panel on bus shelter | Outside 81 The Horsefair Bristol BS1 3JP

18/03981/A | Display of single sided digital advertising panel on bus shelter. | Advertising Outside Clifton Heights Triangle West Bristol BS8 1EJ – (in Clifton conservation area)

18/03982/A | Display of single sided digital advertising panel on bus shelter | Shelter 1 The Horsefair Bristol

18/03994/A | Display of single sided digital advertising panel on bus shelter. | Shelters 4M From Unit 7 New Broadmead Union Street Bristol BS1 2DL

18/03995/A | Display of a single sided digital advertising panel on bus shelter | Shelters 3M From Primark The Horsefair The Haymarket Bristol BS1 3LR – (overlooked by St. James Parade Conservation Area)

18/03996/A | Display of single sided digital advertising panel on bus shelter. | Shelter 22M From Central Quay South Broad Quay Bristol BS1 4DA – (in Old City &  Queen Square Conservation Area)

18/03975/A | Display of single sided digital advertising panel on bus shelter | Front Of Primark The Haymarket Bristol BS1 3LR – (overlooked by St. James Parade Conservation Area)

18/03998/A | Display of single sided digital advertising panel on bus shelter | Bus Shelter Broad Quay Bristol BS1 4DA – (overlooked by St. James Parade Conservation Area)

18/03984/A | Display of single sided digital advertising panel on bus shelter | (1102 0152) Advertising Outside Primark The Horsefair Bristol BS1 3JE

18/03985/A | Display of single sided digital advertising panel on bus shelter | Advertising Outside Primark The Horsefair Bristol BS1 3JE

18/03988/A | Display of single sided digital advertising panel on bus shelter. | Advertising Outside 73 To 77 The Horsefair Bristol BS1 3JP

  1. Secondly, here are two applications for new free-standing double-sided digital advertising displays. You have probably already have seen this kind as there were a number installed in Broadmead and the surrounding area several months ago.
  • Submit your objection in the comments section. Here are some guidelines for your comments:
    • PUBLIC SAFETY: Both pairs of screens can be objected to on the grounds that they can obstruct all pedestrians and wheelchair users and risk injuring blind and partially-sighted pedestrians. In addition, the second pair of screens can dangerously distract motorists just as they approach the very busy pedestrian crossing at the crossroads junction of Union Street and Broadmead.
    • IMPACT ON THE AMENITY: Both pairs of screens can be objected to on the grounds of demeaning the character of Bristol. They seriously harm and cheapen the quality of the local environment, whilst bringing nothing positive to the community.

18/03803/A | Double-sided freestanding Forum Structure, featuring 2 x Digital 86″ screen positioned back to back. | Digital Screen Outside 48 – 70 Merchant Street Bristol BS1 3EE

18/03804/A | Double-sided freestanding Forum Structure, featuring 2 x Digital 86″ screen positioned back to back. | Land Fronting 42 Union Street Bristol BS1 2DL

Thanks!

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