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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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!
A new decision to refuse the instalment of two digital displays marks another huge win for Leeds Adblockers and residents. This one was very important as it raised substantial safety concerns at a location that was already extremely difficult to navigate. The Highways Teams regarded the suggested ad infrastructure as particularly unsafe; yet, the applicant Vivid Outdoor Media Ltd wanted their digital displays so badly … Continue reading One more win and an important one!
Hi AdBlockers, We recently discovered that several digital ads on bus stops do not respect the conditions under which they were granted planning permission. We are calling out on you, Leeds residents, to help us find as many of those ads as we can so that we report them to the Leeds City Council. What is the issue? As you have probably figured out, digital … Continue reading Several digital bus stops in Leeds are breaching planning regulations