Five years ago Adblock Bristol was formed with the ambition to rid Bristol of corporate advertising in public spaces. Given that the planning law in Britain is designed to allow billboards in all but the most sensitive sites, this was not likely to be easy. Nicola Round and Robbie Gillett shared their vision with an…Continue reading 40 monstrous digital screens blocked in 5 years!
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
St Pauls in Bristol will be one of four locations around the UK playing ‘virtual’ host to the Adfree Cities national conference. The free half-day conference, next Saturday 7th November, is organised by members of local campaigning group Adblock Bristol. Anyone can register to attend for free at http://adfreecities.org.uk/conference2020 Michele Curtis of the Iconic Black…Continue reading Virtual street art tour of St Pauls to feature in second annual Adfree Cities conference
Update 14th July 2020. The planning Inspectorate has upheld the refusal. However, this was only on the grounds of road safety, not amenity. Update 20th April 2020. The applicant has appealed this refusal. Update 17th December 2019. This application has been refused by Bristol City Council on the grounds of road safety and amentiy. Thank…Continue reading Digital billboard application for St Anne’s junction
Update September 2019: See our new blog post here for the latest news on this development. UPDATE Feb 2019: Adblock success! Bristol City Council has REJECTED this application on highway safety grounds. You can read the full summary online here: The inspector noted that “the risk of motorists being distracted or dazzled would be great”,…Continue reading New screens proposed for Avonmead roundabout
Update 9th August 2019: The appeal was concluded on 27th June 2019 and the decision was split. This means that the rejection was upheld for sign B, but permission was granted for Insite Poster Properties to proceed with construction of sign A, subject to certain conditions. You can read the report in more detail by entering…Continue reading Let’s say no to more huge screens on St Philips Causeway