Someone has plastered ‘f*** you’ posters on Manchester’s pavement-blocking grey boxes

Daisy Jackson Daisy Jackson - 23rd November 2021

Over the last few months, big grey boxes have been popping up on pavements across Manchester city centre.

Though temporary, the boxes have been upsetting a lot of pedestrians – and now someone has plastered posters on them all in protest.

Signs saying ‘f*** these stupid boxes’ and ‘f*** you pedestrians’ have appeared right across the city.

The posters, which have been removed over the course of today, have been protesting against the ‘pavement hoggers‘, which in some areas take up more than half of the pavement’s width.

One of the signs plays on the famous Suffragette motto ‘Deeds not Words’.

A big grey box on Oxford Street. Credit: The Manc Group

It says: “Words: ‘Walking will be the main way of getting round the city’ – Manchester City Council.

“Deeds: ‘F*** you pedestrians, here’s a big grey box’.”


Manchester City Council have stressed that the boxes are only temporary, and will soon be replaced with new digital screens.

It’s part of plans to upgrade the old advertising columns which have stood in the city centre for 30 years.

A spokesperson for Manchester City Council said: “In December 2020 work began to replace the old backlit paper advertising columns and units which had been in place throughout the city centre since the 1990s. 


“A total of 86 sites are being upgraded to new digital screens following planning consent being granted.

“This planning process took into account highway safety for each individual unit as well as the historic impact of their placement, including how pedestrians move on the highway. 

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“The Council understands the concerns around the temporary grey covers for the units however, they were essential to protect members of the public from the electric cables which will supply power to the new units. 

“Importantly, set against a decade of cuts to Local Authority budgets this upgrade will provide the Council an additional £2.4m in revenue each year, money which will be spent providing the vital services thousands of Mancunians rely on. 


“Work is scheduled to be completed on the new units by December 14.”

Featured image: The Manc Group