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
Hi AdBlockers, The deadline for objections to two new digital advertising displays already passed. However, on January 20th an “independent highway safety report” was submitted by the applicant. Since this is a whole new piece of documentation, we trust that we have at least a couple of weeks to submit new objections in connection to this report. So here is the story of this ad … Continue reading New misleading report for planning application 20/06857/ADV
Note: in a previous version of this article, we estimated that the ads in Leeds consumed as much as 8,000 residents. After reviewing some of the assumptions and with the most up to date energy numbers, the total amount is about 3,300 residents. This difference is mostly because we now do not compensate for the fact that our database does not contain all ads in … Continue reading The ads in Leeds consume as much electricity as … 3,300 people!
Some 6 months ago, advertising giant JCDecaux sent in two applications for building new 48-sheet digital billboards. One of them was going to be in one of the few green space we have in Leeds, next to the Dry Dock pub and the other one was going to be on the A64. As a reminder, each one of these 3×6 m digital billboards uses the … Continue reading Two billboard applications withdrawn by JCDecaux
There is a new application for two 3×6 m digital billboards at Copley Hill Works, LS12 1HZ (reference 20/06857/ADV). The application seeks to replace four paper billboards with two digital ones, and the deadline for objections is the 18th of November. Here is how to object: – follow the link to the planning portal here – open the comments tab and log in with your … Continue reading Digital Billboard Application in LS12