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Guidelines for Truro buskers after complaints from public
12:00pm Wednesday 11th September 2013 in News
Street performers and visitors to Truro are being asked for their views on new Council guidance which has been produced for the city’s buskers.
Produced by Cornwall Council with Truro City Council, Totally Truro and Devon and Cornwall Police, the guide aims to help businesses, shoppers and street performers to maintain a happy relationship.
While the Council does not license street performers, it does have a duty to ensure street performers comply with laws around sound levels and obstruction.
“We have received complaints about street performers, particularly when the weather is good,” said Kevin Bryant, from Cornwall Council.
“There are many businesses and offices close to the popular busking spots and this guide aims to lessen the impact on them without stopping the performers and denying visitors the enjoyment, variety and flair that street performers bring to the city.”
Neil Scott, from Totally Truro, said: “Truro is a great little city – with a variety of buskers and street entertainers adding to the environment and experience that we can offer. The newly released Street Performers Guide will be really helpful in ensuring that we retain both quality and variety of performers throughout the city centre in order to balance the needs of both businesses and visitors.”
Inspector Mark Richards from Truro Police Station, said: “Truro police welcome these guidelines and would urge buskers and street entertainers to comply with the recommendations contained therein. Buskers in the city can add a certain character and ambience to the area but the police and council do get occasional complaints sometimes when buskers are excessively noisy or overly aggressive when collecting donations.
Hopefully these guidelines will reduce the number of complaints from members of the public whilst allowing quality buskers to show off their entertainment skills.”
Copies of the guidance are available from Truro One Stop Shop at Carrick House on Pydar Street or from 0300 1234 212.
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