Stop the Screen! Barking and Dagenham

Families in Dagenham, Essex are furious at Barking and Dagenham Council for allowing Clear Channel to install a huge digital advertising screen directly facing residential properties. By using outdated planning rules around ‘like for like’ advertising, Clear Channel have been able to replace an innocuous paper billboard with an Orwellian monstrosity without consulting the public or…Continue reading Stop the Screen! Barking and Dagenham

‘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

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The environmental impacts of corporate advertising

The original article is published at the Wellbeing Economy Alliance. This article includes data for additional cities. The problem It is not hard to find reasons to dislike some forms of advertising. Among other things, advertising impacts communities by: Conveying sexist stereotypes, which likely increase body dissatisfaction, depression and lower self-esteem among the young public.  Fueling social injustice by…Continue reading The environmental impacts of corporate advertising

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