CONTROVERSIAL plans to introduce hundreds of advertising banners suspended from lampposts in Bristol’s streets have been shelved.
Bristol City Council announced plans in May to introduce the banners in streets in 17 areas of the city.
But the proposals were unpopular with groups including Bristol Civic Society and the Neighbourhood Planning Network.
They said the banners were a money-making gimmick which would clutter the streets and give visitors a bad impression.
Now the council has announced it has withdrawn the 17 planning applications for the banners due to “concerns about their potential impact on the city landscape”.
The plans will be shelved until a consultation has been held with residents, businesses and other groups.
However the authority has agreed plans to display the advertising banners in the city centre, which has already been used lamppost advertising banners for many years on an informal basis.
James Easey, spokesman for Bristol City Council, said: “Lamppost advertising is used in other towns and cities, and we decided to consider it for Bristol because of the useful advertising revenue that might generated.
“But feedback from the original plans show that there were concerns about its potential impact on the city landscape, particularly in conservation areas, so we have withdrawn the majority of the plans to reconsider the project.”
The council wanted to put the banners up in areas across the city, including Southville, which would have had 28 of them.
The Civic Society’s chairman Stephen Wickham criticised the council for failing to properly consult on the plans. He said the banners would fly in the face of council policy to improve the street scene by cutting the number of signs, adverts and posters.
ohn Frenkel, convener of the society’s planning policy group, welcomed the council’s decision to shelve the plans.
He said: “The society is pleased the council has listened to the large number of objections.
“We have no objection to the council advertising on lampposts short term, particularly for things that will happen in the city, such as the Harbour Festival.
“What we really object to is permanent advertising along the main streets in the city.
“There’s a general move across the country to declutter streets so people don’t get confused by too many signs.
“We would like the council to follow the example of Nottingham, where they have appointed a clutter buster to reduce advertising on the streets.”