The run up to the Bristol City Council and Mayoral elections on 6 May 2021 provide us with an opportunity to influence local policy and highlight the problems with outdoor advertising.

If elected, the candidates you write to now could be running the city for the next 4 years, so getting them to make pledges to ban, control or reduce advertising in the city will make subsequent campaigns much easier.

Adblock Bristol has prepared a short briefing for election candidates to help them understand what powers are available to local authorities to take action against outdoor advertising.

Here’s our quick guide and template email for contacting your election candidates:

  1. Find the email addresses of your council ward candidates by searching on The Democracy Club. Or you can find Bristol Labour candidate email addresses here, Green candidates here, Lib Dem candidates here and Conservative candidates here.
  2. Copy, paste (and personalise if you wish) the template email to candidates below into an email.
Copy and paste this message your ward candidates below.  

To: your ward candidates or Mayoral candidates or both
Subject: policy to stop outdoor advertising billboards

Dear candidates, [Or: Dear candidate’s firstname]

I am writing to you to find out your views on corporate outdoor advertising ahead of the local elections on 6th May 2021. I am opposed to corporate advertising billboards, especially large new digital screens, on the grounds that they are bad for our wellbeing and mental health, degrade the character of our neighbourhoods and promote an unsustainable model of consumerism.

1. Will you support a policy of ‘No New Billboards’ in the city? This would mean the council rejects planning applications for new digital advertising screens, especially large new screens.

2. If elected,
will you commit to ending advertising for high carbon products such as SUVs, airlines and fossil fuel companies on Council-controlled sites? (This could be implemented by strengthening the Council’s recent Advertising & Sponsorship Policy.)

For more information on the background to these issues, please see this Briefing for Candidates:

Please copy into your reply.

Yours sincerely,

Your Name
Your Postcode (it’s important to add your postcode so that the candidates know you live in their ward)

If you would like any assistance in contacting your local elections candidates, please email charlotte[~at~]