“Buskers ban”: a clarification

By on 05/06/2015 in News, Rebuttals

Use of amplification by buskers, street entertainers and speakers

An item broadcast on BBC Radio WM earlier today (5 June 2015) referred to a ban on ALL amplified noise in the city centre when in actual fact the city council is consulting on the possible introduction of a Public Spaces Protection Order to reduce noise levels in the city centre.

This in no way seeks to ban buskers and street entertainers from performing or people from speaking publicly, but aims to control excessive noise from the use of amplification equipment.

This consultation is in response to complaints to both Birmingham City Council and West Midlands Police from members of the public, businesses and residents in the city centre who are no longer enjoying the city due to excessive noise levels.

We are currently seeking views from all interested groups and individuals on this issue of public concern. The six week consultation is ongoing and people have until Monday 22 June 2015 to view the proposal and we would encourage everyone to have their say by visiting http://www.birminghambeheard.org.uk/place/the-introduction-of-public-spaces-protection-order/consult_view

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