More than a dozen advertising screens could be coming to Reading’s town centre.

Multinational outdoor advertising company JCDecaux is seeking advertisement consent for 15 digital screens on Broad Street, Station Road and Queen Victoria Street.

Five of the double-sided LED digital advertising screens would replace signs at bus shelters, with the other ten free standing outside shops.

Reading Borough Council (RBC) officers have recommended refusal of four of the screens because they are positioned in areas that are ‘relatively poorly covered’ by CCTV.

They say the structure would further obscure pedestrians behind the screen and therefore pose a security risk.

The advertising screens are being proposed by the applicant in partnership with RBC and the councill gain income if the plans are approved.

RBC’s Planning Applications committee will decide which screens to approve, if any, on Wednesday, May 29.

Without approval for all screens, the applicant has advised that the advertising scheme may not be viable and none of the screens implemented.

The screens would form a network of digital advertising designed to display to people arriving from the railway station and travelling up to Broad Street.

Historic England has raised objection to the two proposed signs in Queen Victoria Street as they believe they would detrimentally impact on the setting of the listed buildings in the street.

However, council officers concluded that the screens would not have an adverse impact on the grade II listed buildings.