Your views: Billboards in Bristol
Billboards in Bristol have got you talking on ThisisBristol.
Last week Green party mayoral candidate Daniella Radice vowed to tackle the spread of billboards in Bristol if she is elected next month.
Discussing the concept with This is Bristol, Ms Radice said: “It’s all about freeing the visual space in Bristol. We don’t realise how much we are affected by our day-to-day environment."
The full story is here - but here is what you have had to say about it.
Brizz_Tony, quite simply, declared: "Not bothered.”
His view was echoed by many of those who have answered our online poll - 30 per cent of the 284 people who voted said they weren't bothered either way about the number of billboards.
36 per cent said they didn't think there should be fewer billboards.
TonyRiyadh wrote: “This will cost Bristol many millions of pounds to buy the pre-booked contracts and the leaseholds awarded to the advertising space (billboard owners). Daniella Radice will need quite a large legal team to even establish where to start!”
Cabot said: “I think it's pathetic that a Mayoral candidate can put forward this as a policy when there are much more important issues that need attention. Personally I'm quite happy to have billboards around Bristol."
Bert_Hindle said: “The main task for any mayor is going to be getting large-scale investment and jobs back into the city, and sorting out the chronic transport problems with very large-scale public transport schemes. Advertising hoardings are neither here nor there. They don't bother most people and yet they provide an income stream to the council. I doubt this is a major policy for Ms Radice, so I don't know why it's been picked up on in the Post. I'm hoping we'll see serious matters discussed in the campaign, not this sort of fluff.”
But 34 per cent agreed with Ms Radice that there should be less of the advertising hoardings in Bristol.
BS3Yellow said: “I think this is a very good idea. Not a deal breaker but it'll make the city a more pleasant environment, which I'm all in favour of.”
SlotBoy added: “I have to agree with Daniella on this one there are too many advertisements zapping at us from every angle. Wouldn't be so bad if they were tempting us to buy locally made goods.. Interesting to note the lack of billboards in affluent areas as well. Some billboards can project a different message beyond advertising and can therefore provide public information, might be a good medium to let people know they can have a say in Council affairs. Are all these billboard sites privately owned? There would be further losses to the Council budget through their removal but some simply have to go for the sake of bringing backvisual harmony to a place. How about some well managed trees in their place?"
And Vrwrtuy's own unique take on the situation was this: “You say mural, I say graffiti. You say vibrant, I say loud and annoying, you say local, I say Anti-Tesco, lets face the music and dance.”