‘This is Bristol, not Bladerunner’ – Local residents demand removal of huge, invasive digital advertising screens

Two digital billboards that tower over the M32 motorway on the approach into Bristol are about to run out of planning permission, and residents are calling for their removal.  The billboards were granted permission in 2016  and 2017 respectively, for an initial period of five years. Now that this time is coming to an end,…Continue reading ‘This is Bristol, not Bladerunner’ – Local residents demand removal of huge, invasive digital advertising screens

Digital billboard application receives over 240 objections from local residents in Bristol

Update 15th June 2021: Following the refusal of planning permission by Bristol City Council in March 2021, billboard company JCDecaux has appealed to the Planning Inspectorate to over-turn the Council’s decision. The appeal is being dealt with through the ‘Commercial Appeals Process’. Adblock Bristol are looking into options. Update 4th March 2021: This planning application…Continue reading Digital billboard application receives over 240 objections from local residents in Bristol

Advertising and consumerism violate human rights and the environment – but international law gives us the tools to fight back.

A new advocacy guide reveals the devastating impact of advertising and consumerism on human rights and the environment, but shows how international human rights law can be a powerful tool in addressing the harm done.   ‘At What Cost? The impacts of advertising and consumerism on human, community and planetary well-being’ published by Adfree Cities, is…Continue reading Advertising and consumerism violate human rights and the environment – but international law gives us the tools to fight back.

Better without billboards: residents want North Street Green’s big brand ads to go

Residents near North Street Green are calling for two huge billboards to be removed. They want to get rid of the big corporate adverts and create a new improved vision for this valued green space, with the local community at its heart. North Street Green is on the border between Bedminster and Southville and makes…Continue reading Better without billboards: residents want North Street Green’s big brand ads to go

Bristol City Council takes first step in tackling toxic ads

At its Cabinet meeting on 9th March 2021, Bristol City Council adopted a new Advertising and Sponsorship Policy which will apply to adverts under the Council’s direct control, including bus stop screens and billboards on Council land. It includes a ban on ads for junk food, alcohol, gambling, payday loans and adverts in parks. Local…Continue reading Bristol City Council takes first step in tackling toxic ads

ASA Report: Too close for comfort - A look into the Advertising Standards Authority and the case for more controls on advertising

New report exposes failures of advertising regulator, ASA

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has come under fire for weak and slow enforcement of advertising rules, and for being in the pockets of the ad industry, in a new report out this week. The hard-hitting report analyses data on complaints to the ASA, revealing that only 22% of complained-about adverts are investigated and only…Continue reading New report exposes failures of advertising regulator, ASA