Help block a new digital ad screen near St Nick’s market

Advertising company Clear Channel UK are proposing another new digital advertising screen at the bus stop on Baldwin Street. There isn’t a bus shelter at this stop currently, and sure, a shelter would be great – but bus shelters don’t need ad screens!

☕ Grab a hot drink and take 5 to object to the new digital ad screen here: https://bit.ly/3GtscpR (Ref. 23/04357/A). See below for more detail about what to include.

Preferable alternative! A bus shelter on Clifton Down with no advertising screens

Why object? Bus stops don’t need advertising screens. Especially when each screen uses the same electricity as 3-4 UK homes, and continue to advertise flights, SUV cars and fossil fuel companies. Advertising promotes a culture of consumerism that’s outdated and trashing our planet, local places and global communities.

Ad screens change the face of Bristol, the look and feel of where we live, with more light pollution, aggressive corporate presence, and distractions for drivers.

Adblock has collected 100 powerful testimonials that show how digital billboards harm the wellbeing of people living nearby. Meanwhile, research shows that digital screens, with changing images, are more distracting for road users. This digital ad display will show a new ad every 10 seconds.

Where? Baldwin Street, opposite St Nicholas Church.

How do I object?

👽 Go to Bristol Council’s planning portal: https://pa.bristol.gov.uk/online-applications/search.do?action=simple

📝 Click ‘Make A Comment’ and write your objection.

What to include? 

The Council can only reject the application on the basis of harm to ‘Road Safety’ and ‘Amenity’ (meaning, will the screen affect your ability to enjoy the place you live, and the character of the area?). It’s good to include these factors in your objection.

Also explain what this development would mean to you and how it would affect your life. For example, do you live, work or play near Baldwin Street, or cycle, walk or drive past this site?

Below are some points you could include, but make sure to make it personal to you:

  • The digital ad unit would damage local shops and businesses in the area. 
  • The character of the area would be harmed.
  • The ad screen being on street level would dominate the view of any passing cyclist or pedestrian. 
  • It would create a distraction to drivers and road users.
  • These ads require vast amounts of energy and disrupt local wildlife.

Bristol has a great track record of stopping harmful ads like this. Your input can really make the difference. Thank you!

Bus shelter ad screen takeover in Leeds, Credit: Subvertisers International
Bus stop ad takeover in Leeds, Credit: Subvertisers International

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