To: Bournemouth Borough Council

Keep busking legal in Bournemouth

Keep busking legal in Bournemouth

Bournemouth Borough Council are proposing to implement a Public Space Protection Order with a view to banning busking in the town centre. Buskers and street performers bring culture, vibrancy and diversity as well as entertainment to our streets. We ask that the council consider looking at other options as other councils up and down the country have by implementing designated busking areas, with time slots of 1 hour per busker/street performer on a rotating basis.

Why is this important?

Most buskers and street performers earn a large portion of their income from busking and street performance and in some instances all of their income. Implementing such a policy would have a dramatic impact on the performer financially and could lead to them being fined or given an Anti Social Behaviour order. This is totally unjust and the council should reach a compromise which will be beneficial to all concerned.

How it will be delivered

The deadline for the council's public consultation for the Public Space Protection Order is December 4th, we aim to have a large petition to hand to them by then.


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Reasons for signing

  • Music combats all the sadness and worries of modern life and the working day. Hearing busking on a lunch break stops me from hating everyone even more than I do already.
  • Let's not loose the right to enjoy making music or hear music we might never have heard .


2017-12-08 09:17:02 +0000

Dear supporters:
The petition has been submitted to Councillor David Smith Cabinet Member For Planning & Environment and i have also sent with the petition a request a meeting with him and other members of his department at Bournemouth Town Hall. I await his reply, once again as soon as i hear anything you people will be the first to know via this campaign page.

Thanks once again for all of your support
Jamie Swainston.

2017-12-04 21:15:36 +0000

Not long until this petition is closed I am in the process of setting up a facebook campaign page. I shall email all the supporters of this petition in during the day tomorrow so you can all be kept up to speed with whats going on. This petition is only the beginning of what will be a very long campaign.

To everyone that has signed and shared thank you all.

My best Wishes
Jamie Swainston.

2017-12-04 10:19:01 +0000

The petition closes at 22:00 hrs.

2017-11-28 10:19:37 +0000

Just over 6 days left to get this petition to 2,000 signatures. The more people that sign the stronger petition we have and we can send a clear message to Bournemouth Borough Council that criminalisation of busking and street performance is unjust, it is an infringement on art as well as self expression and creativity.

Please Sign And Share.

Jamie Swainston.

2017-11-25 12:32:33 +0000

I would realy like to see this petition get to the 2,000 mark by Friday at the latest. To those that have signed so far its heartwarming to see that people are supporting buskers and street performers. Keep it up folks.

Many Thanks
Jamie Swainston.

2017-11-25 12:02:06 +0000

Thinking of ramping up the campaign how would people feel about a demo in Bournemouth town center a week today ?

2017-11-24 12:50:13 +0000



2017-11-24 11:38:59 +0000

1,000 signatures reached

2017-11-24 10:06:08 +0000

Keep signing people we are nearly at the 1,000 mark !


2017-11-21 18:17:01 +0000

500 signatures reached

2017-11-21 12:15:21 +0000

100 signatures reached

2017-11-21 09:40:28 +0000

50 signatures reached

2017-11-19 23:05:01 +0000

25 signatures reached

2017-11-19 09:47:53 +0000

10 signatures reached