TRESA objects to 2 large digital screens on Bath Road, Totterdown

Two large digital screens proposed for Bath Road, Totterdown

Advertising giants JC Decaux have submtted a planning application for two large new digital advertising screens on Bath Road, Totterdown.

1. Go to and enter code: 19/04821/A
2. Click ‘Make a Comment’.
3. Write as much as you’d like about your objections. Below are some points you could make.

  • Harm to the amenity of the area.
  • The proposed screens are very energy intensive at a time when Bristol Council has declared a climate emergency and most Bristol residents are trying to reduce our carbon footprints.
  • The screens would pose a danger to road safety.


TRESA has objected to this proposal on the following grounds:

The applicants indicate: “The sites surroundings hold a primarily industrial characteristic”. However, the site is just below the residential area of Totterdown, between two residential terraces on Bath Road, and opposite a site that has just gained planning permission for a large residential development. We believe this is a residential area, and there is potential for light pollution and nuisance as a result of this application.

The applicants state: “The site does not lie within a Conservation Area nor is adjacent to a Listed Building.” However, the site is just along from The Thunderbolt public house which is a listed building. Furthermore, the site is right next to Thunderbolt Steps which are of considerable local value. We believe that any planning permissions in the proposed area should enhance, rather than detract from, these local assets.

The applicants also state the proposed displays will not be detrimental to highway safety. However, the luminated advertisements will be: at a site on a very busy road where there are bus stops either side of the road (and people are tempted to cross the road where there is no crossing); very close to a side junction with Bath Road, and; on the approach to a busy junction with Totterdown Bridge.