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

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!

One more win and an important one!

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!

Several digital bus stops in Leeds are breaching planning regulations

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

New misleading report for planning application 20/06857/ADV

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

The ads in Leeds consume as much electricity as … 3,300 people!

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!