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