Thank you to everyone who took the opportunity to have their say. We received over 700 responses.
While 42% of respondents agreed with the proposals, many felt the policy did not strike the right balance.
Most residents and workers felt the voluntary measures, including self-regulation and a busking code of conduct, would not do enough to control noise levels and expressed concern about the effect of displacement.
Most performers and visitors did not support the limitations on performance areas or restrictions to amplification.
Following analysis of the consultation, the Council is therefore considering changes to the policy that will include strengthened measures to regulate busking, by broadening the areas where we seek to adopt licensing. Where possible, the Council will also seek to increase the number of pitches for street entertainers to ensure we continue to provide opportunities for a variety of performances.
You can read our previous policy proposals here.
You can read the full results of the consultation here and a quantitative and qualitative data analysis of the consultation result here.
We will publish updated proposals in October this year, and performers, residents, workers, and the public will have another opportunity to consult on these.
The division of opinion among consultation respondents highlights the challenge of protecting residents and workers, whilst safeguarding the cultural contribution of busking and street entertainment in our City. We are determined to strike the right balance, and will continue to engage with all stakeholders as we further develop this policy.