Consultation on Street Entertainment

Information about the Consultation on Street Entertainment

The Findings of the Street Entertainment Consultation

The streets are the world’s biggest talent platform and we celebrate the vibrancy of our street entertainment scene. For Kensington and Chelsea and London as a whole, if we are to maintain our proud tradition of being a global powerhouse for music, more needs to be done to support responsible busking and street entertainment. However, on average, we receive 1,200 complaints of noise pollution and irresponsible busking from street entertainers within our borough. A consultation was held over the summer to ascertain the views of residents, businesses, musicians and the wider local community on developing a street entertainment Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) to help promote and encourage responsible busking and discourage irresponsible busking and street entertainment.

The consultation received 413 responses and here are the findings: 

Next Steps - Our Approach to Street Entertainment

As developing a PSPO was supported by nearly 70% of the respondents the Council will now carefully review the complaints data in order to draft a PSPO. The PSPO will promote and encourage responsible busking, whilst discouraging irresponsible anti-social busking and street entertainment. We will restrict busking and street entertainment in certain locations at certain times and may consider busking free areas. Our goal is not to limit artistic creativity, but to enhance the quality of life for residents and provide opportunity for entertainers.

Over the next few weeks work will take place to develop the PSPO and once produced will be consulted on. It is anticipated this consultation will begin in late November 2018.

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