New rules on busking at Southwater as bye-law is enforced.

New rules on busking at Southwater as bye-law is enforced.

A recent petition created by local musician and busker, Joshua Sole claims Telford & Wrekin are ‘suppressing arts in our town’ by forcing street performers to register for a permit and adhere to a code-of-conduct.

Joshua Sole; “Busking isn’t banned, the council have decided that a bylaw needs to exist without first cooperating and working with the buskers. Straight down, no amplification designated spots, licensed buskers only. Once licensed you have to ad-hear to a new code of conduct written by councillors folk who haven’t even attempted to work with the buskers in town. Effectively making decisions that will effect people with put public consultation.”

A Telford & Wrekin spokesperson said the bye law dates back to 1953, and is designed to help keep visitors safe. “Telford & Wrekin Council wants to encourage a broad range of good quality street entertainment to Southwater but this now needs to be managed as the area is increasingly busy with pedestrians.

We want to ensure the safety of visitors to Southwater and of the entertainers themselves. We have designated two performing arts areas in prominent locations; they are outside Meeting Point House and outside Southwater One.

We invite performers to contact us for permission to provide street entertainment.

The permit is free and can be obtained from community.safety@telford.gov.uk.

In being granted permission, performers will agree to adhere to a code of conduct which will include not using amplifiers.”

22 thoughts on “New rules on busking at Southwater as bye-law is enforced.

  • November 29, 2017 at 3:13 pm
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    I hope they do something about the drinkers who have taken it upon themselves to start drinking cans of God know what in the street.

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  • November 29, 2017 at 3:15 pm
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    The persistent people harassing people for money who follow you to the car park ticket machines are worse

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  • November 29, 2017 at 3:18 pm
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    I like the buskers they are always super polite. My children love dancing to them too

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  • November 29, 2017 at 3:18 pm
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    Maybe the council need to do what London Underground do and audition people to perform in southwater.

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  • November 29, 2017 at 3:19 pm
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    I’ve got nothing against homeless people but the council needs to sort the ever growing problem of people being harassed by SOME of them up there.
    I don’t see why I should have to avoid those spot by asda or the parking ticket machine because it’s constant.

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  • November 29, 2017 at 3:26 pm
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    When there are thousands of people passing by, foot traffic and Christmas Market playing music.. unamplified we cannot be heard. By being amplified we are actually improving our art and not destroying our vocals nor instruments by ‘OVER PLAYING’

    BBC midlands today picked up the story and broadcast will be on 18:30 BBC one

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    • December 3, 2017 at 9:04 pm
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      Yep their begging, but they seem to find the money for fags, I think they cost around £7/ £8 per packet. I’ve not seen one beggar without one in their hand, or a can of beer.

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  • November 29, 2017 at 3:27 pm
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    Ultimately, the council are telling us public land is private property and telling us where we can busk and how to busk. Its illegal of any local authority to pass bylaws without proper scrutiny and first public consultation with groups and communities it will effect.

    No sound level test has ever been made against Southwater buskers to back up the councils saftey chat..

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  • November 29, 2017 at 3:32 pm
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    I love the idea and think it adds something to the shopping centre…. Good luck guys

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  • November 29, 2017 at 3:33 pm
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    youll see the struggle i faced today unamp’d in Southwater in the designated prominent spot.. BEhind the market out of sight f the public next to a fairground ride plkaying dance music at over 40 decibels.

    the AA battery powered amps we use reach 10/15 watts output MAX. so in the region of 18-20 Db

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  • November 29, 2017 at 6:25 pm
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    The comment about today’s problems is rather out of context compared to the rest of the year when there is no Xmas market. Buskers most of the time sound far better unamplified, the buskers in Wellington are a very good example of that

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  • December 2, 2017 at 11:40 pm
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    Telford town centre needs all the help it can get if you ask me, with the amount of closed shop units inside the centre, if you want a cup of coffee, and a sausage roll, or a phone and a pair of glasses, that’s every other unit you pass. Then you’ve got those pests from SKY television that keep jumping out at you with their rubbish, then you have to avoid the many charity beggars.

    As for the Xmas market, if you want to get rid of a weeks wages in half hour, feel free to visit. £1 each for the smallest ring doughnut I’ve ever seen, about £4/ £5 for a hotdog, ( what a joke) ITS TELFORD NOT LONDON. Bring on the buskers, you will need as many as you can get in January.

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  • December 3, 2017 at 9:18 pm
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    This is what happens when what is presumed to be ‘public’ space turns out actually to be private property and the landlords decide they don’t want a certain type of riff-raff cluttering up ‘their’ space.
    Buskers are a very small issue around Southwater, but I guess they’re easier to deal with than the larger, more complex problems

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  • December 3, 2017 at 9:19 pm
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    I feel sorry for the poor bastards. Just trying to make a quid or two. What’s the harm?

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  • December 3, 2017 at 9:32 pm
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    I love the buskers I have never had a problem with them be it if they at the town centre or in madeley , my 5 year old twins always like to give them a bit of change it makes them happy
    Music brings people together it makes you happy and brings smiles out in us, we live in a world with so much hate and negativity these guys and gals that perform for us do not to piss anyone off but to share there talents so let’s all sing and dance and all be happy xxx

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