Condom concerns prompt rejection of advertising on Weston seafront

PUBLISHED: 14:00 07 July 2017

The banners will not be allowed either side of the Grand Pier on Weston-super-Mare seafront.

The banners will not be allowed either side of the Grand Pier on Weston-super-Mare seafront.

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Plans to install advertising banners on lampposts at Weston-super-Mare seafront have been torn up by North Somerset Council because of fears they could be used to advertise things like condoms or McDonald’s.

Planning permission was sought to allow businesses to put banners up on 14 lampposts from just north of the Grand Pier down towards the SeaQuarium.

The plans were recommended for approval by the council’s planning team, but councillors voted to refuse planning permission at its planning and regulatory committee meeting last month.

Some councillors said the proposals, which were submitted by Bommel UK, would be a tacky addition to the seafront, while Cllr Felicity Baker was concerned by what could be advertised on the banners.

She said: “I think they could be very, very attractive depending on what goes up.

“But I don’t want something going up advertising condoms or the golden arches (of McDonald’s).”

Many people took to social media to share their view. Andrew Varney said: “What a totally ridiculous and hysterical reaction to the idea of a few advertising banners on the seafront.

“And why should condom adverts be such a bad thing? Surely if they promote safe sex, prevent sexually transmitted diseases and unwanted pregnancies that’s a good thing?”

O’Mally Scott said: “Right, so banners on lampposts would spoil the feel of our town? Because the college is a beautiful building, as is the new Dolphin Square, the Premier Inn on the seafront and of course the great piece of Victorian architecture which is the Sovereign Shopping Centre.”

Lee Lee Bodger wrote: “I don’t see anything wrong with advertising safe sex when people are still so uneducated on the subject.

“Weston seafront is finally a nice place to go and sit and enjoy despite all the building going on.”

Martin Bewley said: “What’s wrong with advertising condoms?”

Ella Sayce thought the banners ‘should be used for local businesses only’, while Chris Stephen said: “Weston is tacky enough already without rubbish dangling from lampposts.”

Lyn Gleed said: “They might brighten the dull seafront up a little – it needs a bit of colour.”

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