New application on Tong Road

There is a new application to replace a paper billboard with a digital one on Tong road (Application 21/08243/ADV). In the last 5 years, there have been 4 car accidents at the proposed site, involving 8 casualties of which 2 were serious (see crashmap). Adding a 3 x 6 bright billboard will do nothing but make the intersection even more unsafe. In addition, there are … Continue reading New application on Tong Road

AdBlock Leeds launching event

Even though we started AdBlock Leeds nearly two years ago, the pandemic, some life events and being generally super busy tackling ad issues has kept us from properly introducing ourselves to the city of Leeds. So here it goes! The AdBlock Leeds launching event will take place on the 13th November at 3pm! You can register for free on this link. During the event, we … Continue reading AdBlock Leeds launching event

Are digital billboards more dangerous for road users than paper ones?

The answer is simple: yes. However, applications to replace a paper billboard with a digital one regularly claim that “the replacement will be like-for-like” or that “there is no evidence that a digital billboard is more distracting than a paper advert”. The goal of this blog post is to debunk this myth. What does research say? With ads being so omnipresent all over our roads, … Continue reading Are digital billboards more dangerous for road users than paper ones?

The Otley situation: a billboard 10m away from people’s windows

You might remember the story: one day, residents of Bradford road in Otley found out that a 3x6m digital billboard was going to be built just opposite their houses, merely meters away from their windows. They naturally were opposed to it, talked to their neighbours, raised objections from everyone in their street (more than 50 people!), and wrote to the planning officer and to the … Continue reading The Otley situation: a billboard 10m away from people’s windows

Towards a ban for harmul ads in Leeds

There have been more than 230 people signing the petition to ban harmful ads, thank you so much! As you might remember, before the local elections of the 6th May 2021, we contacted most of the candidates regarding the issues of advertisement that promotes harmful products such as junk food, alcohol, gambling or high-carbon products. We received a few very positive responses and now that … Continue reading Towards a ban for harmul ads in Leeds

The financial “benefits” of having ads in Leeds

Hi AdBlockers, One argument that we hear a lot about why it is ok to have ads in the city is that “it brings money to the council”, so we decided to write a blog post debunking that myth. But before we get started, let’s tell you two of the things that came out from our research: It is very hard to put numbers on … Continue reading The financial “benefits” of having ads in Leeds

AdBlock Detectives on deemed consent ads

A lot of the outdoors advertising in Leeds never received approval through the planning portal. Instead, it appeared one day, it stayed long enough and after ten years received its legal status, under what is called “deemed consent”. In an initiative that we call “AdBlock Detectives”, we screen the streets of Leeds for unauthorised ads and demand that they are removed. In this post, we … Continue reading AdBlock Detectives on deemed consent ads

Good news alert: the “illegal” and the “deadly” rejected

Last month we wrote about two new application for digital billboards in LS5 and LS9. We have some good news to share regarding both of these! The application in LS9 was rejected on April 19th after the planning officer concluded that the proposed ad would be detrimental to the visual amenity of the locality and detrimental to highway safety. According to the consultation response of … Continue reading Good news alert: the “illegal” and the “deadly” rejected

Leeds: let’s get rid of harmful ads

We are calling on Leeds City Council to put a ban on advertisement for harmful products. Sign our petition and share it wide and far! In the recent years, several statements have been made by the Leeds City Council with the aim of improving the wellbeing of Leeds residents and shifting towards a sustainable, net-zero city. In particular The Best Council Plan 2020-2025 states that … Continue reading Leeds: let’s get rid of harmful ads

Write to your local election candidates

This post is largely inspired by the work done by Adfree cities The run up to the local elections on 6 May 2021 provide us with an opportunity to influence local policy and place the problems with outdoor advertising in the minds of local policymakers. If elected, they could be running Leeds for the next 4 years, so getting them to make pledges now to … Continue reading Write to your local election candidates