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

Frequently asked questions

What is AdBlock Leeds? We are a group of volunteers based in Leeds that aims to reduce the ever-growing number of ads that we see in our streets. We have a positive vision for Leeds where local communities and residents are empowered to chose how to use their public spaces with sustainability as a core value. What’s wrong with ads? Ads are incompatible with living … Continue reading Frequently asked questions

The environmental impacts of corporate advertising

The original article is published at the Wellbeing Economy Alliance. This article includes data for additional cities. Photo credit: Ad-free 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 being more present in less … Continue reading The environmental impacts of corporate advertising

Two new applications… let’s call them the illegal and the deadly!

Dear AdBlockers, We are back with a double mission for you. There are two new applications for a replacement of paper billboards with digital ones that push us to self-organise and object on the Leeds planning portal. These applications are particularly important, as they are quite dangerous to our community in different ways. One requests the replacement of a paper billboard on 71 Commercial Road … Continue reading Two new applications… let’s call them the illegal and the deadly!