Petition against parks advertising makes a splash

February 02 2018
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Bedminster councillor backs petition against parks advertising, which could spark a debate at full council. It's gathered 4,000 signatures in a week

A CAMPAIGN to persuade the council not to allow advertising in Bristol’s parks looks set to gain enough support to force a debate on the subject in City Hall.

The Adblock campaign was started by Bedminster resident Nicola Round, mainly in opposition to outdoor digital advertising hoardings.

Adblock, backed by some of Bristol’s Green councillors, has tried to persuade the city to ban digital hoardings.

So far the animated adverts are not outlawed, but several have been turned down by planners, including hoardings in Bedminster Down Road and St John’s Lane.

Adblock believes large outdoor advertisements are an intrusion, because people don’t have much choice whether they see them or not.

Now Bristol city council has come up with the idea of allowing advertisements in parks in order to raise some of the £2.9 million it wants to save from its parks and open spaces budget.

Green Cllr Charlie Bolton opposes adverts in parks. “I go to parks to get away from that sort of thing,” he told the Voice.

Adblock’s petition. on 38degrees.org, collected 3,700 signatures in only a week. If it tops 4,000, it could trigger a debate by the full council.The petition reads: “Our parks are important spaces for our physical and mental wellbeing; places where we go to play, relax, connect with nature and escape the pressures of modern life.

“We feel that introducing commercial advertising would undermine these emotional, psychological and health benefits – especially in areas where children play.”

Adblock is holding a meeting to discuss the petition on Thursday February 8 at 7pm in St Paul’s Learning Centre, Grosvenor Road, BS2 8XJ.

The petition can be found at:

• tinyurl.com/yblmx7tt