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!

Two billboard applications withdrawn by JCDecaux

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 As a reminder, each one of these 3×6 m digital billboards uses the … Continue reading Two billboard applications withdrawn by JCDecaux

Save the date: Adfree cities conference online coming up

Imagine a city free from corporate advertising… Online conference, free to attend. Register to receive joining details. Sessions 11am – 12 noon. Stop adverts fuelling the climate emergency: How to persuade your local council to introduce curbs on advertising for high carbon products. Part of the ‘Badvertising’ campaign with New Weather Institute and Possible. 1pm – 2pm: Street art tour: Travel the UK with us (virtually!) to see some inspiring examples of people … Continue reading Save the date: Adfree cities conference online coming up

Rejected application for a digital billboard on York Road!

Anoter success for the community of Leeds this year! The application for replacing a paper billboard with a digital one in 272 York Road was rejected on the grounds of amenity, thanks for all your objections as they really made a difference! This billboard was not only going to be an eyesore for the community, bombarding them with ads pushing for overconsumption. It would also … Continue reading Rejected application for a digital billboard on York Road!

We already live in a world where our windows look towards … huge digital billboards! Time to object!

There is a new application for a digital billboard at Rajas Curry House 272 York Road Leeds LS9 9DN. The official deadline for objections has already passed but luckily we can still submit objections until the planning meeting. Here is how you object: – follow the link to the planning portal here – open the comments tab and log in with your credentials – write a few lines about why you think … Continue reading We already live in a world where our windows look towards … huge digital billboards! Time to object!

Rethinking public spaces in cities

If not ads, what do we want to see in our public spaces? If you’ve been with us for some time, you probably know already that we at AdBlock Leeds don’t particularly like having our public spaces crammed with aggressive ads. But this is not all. It is not just that we are against corporate advertising. It is more that corporate advertising is incompatible with … Continue reading Rethinking public spaces in cities

Digital billboard application on Woodhouse Lane in LS2 3AX (reference 20/02263/ADV)

Advertising Giant JCDecaux has submitted yet another application to the Leeds city council to build a 3.5 x 6.5 m electronic billboard on Woodhouse Lane in LS2 3AX. JCDecaux wants to fill up a currently open space in a grassy area with a new billboard. The deadline for objections is the 15th of May. There are multiple reasons why this is a bad idea. Below … Continue reading Digital billboard application on Woodhouse Lane in LS2 3AX (reference 20/02263/ADV)