An image of Cardiff Castle (Castell Caerdydd) on a sunny day

Success for ‘ethical advertising’ in Cardiff

Back in November 2022, we wrote up details of a meeting held between volunteers from Adblock Cardiff, supported by our friends at Adfree Cities, and Cardiff Council’s cabinet member for strategic planning. We had requested the meeting with Cllr. Dan De’ath to set out our case for why unnecessary, wasteful and environmentally-damaging public advertising should…Continue reading Success for ‘ethical advertising’ in Cardiff

Local campaign wins against a digital billboard in Frome (guest blog)

Thanks to Jerry Cripps for this guest blog telling the story of how a quickly organised local campaign managed to avert a digital billboard being built in a completely unsuitable location and challenge the local council’s complicity in this. You can also find the ‘Say NO to a Digital Billboard on Portway’ facebook campaign here. Here is…Continue reading Local campaign wins against a digital billboard in Frome (guest blog)

A map of Bristol coloured shades of blue representing levels of air pollution.

Research: Mapping the social inequalities of billboard locations

Adfree Cities is currently researching the cumulative impact of social, spatial and health inequalities. This project investigates the link between the placement of outdoor advertising billboards, and socio-economic and health determinants including air pollution. Context Policy measures are starting to regulate the promotion of harmful content on advertising sites, from gambling to unhealthy food. For…Continue reading Research: Mapping the social inequalities of billboard locations

A photo taken from a low angle shows a billboard decorated with artwork of children playing in a park. To the right of the image person is seen installing the artwork and behind them is a ladder propped against the billboard.

Levelling up consultation: let’s help all neighbourhoods be ad-free, not just the privileged ones

The government’s ‘levelling up’ agenda is all about addressing injustices and imbalances between communities across the UK. We know that outdoor advertising deepens inequalities. Its negative impacts are felt most by people and communities who are more vulnerable, and our emerging research indicates that outdoor advertising is concentrated in less affluent areas. But the planning…Continue reading Levelling up consultation: let’s help all neighbourhoods be ad-free, not just the privileged ones