To: Paul Fenn Community Safety, Cohesion & Environmental Enforcement Group at Telford and Wrekin Council

Telford & Wrekin Stop Punching Down On Our Buskers!

Telford & Wrekin Stop Punching Down On Our Buskers!

We want the local authority [Telford and Wrekin Council] to firstly provide evidence and literature for the new bylaw passed on 23/11/2017 that prevents buskers and street entertainment within the Telford Southwater area, unless newly enforced rules are adhered to, which ultimately is designed to stop busking within the Telford Southwater precinct (this area is 'Public Highway' NOT 'private property'.

This bylaw has been passed along with a 'Code of Conduct' without public consultation, with the groups and community that it will impact, nor has the code of conduct been written in conjunction with the buskers. This new law was passed to ban amplification, but no has any noise sample been taken from any buskers to suggest that amplification levels are too high. It is purely a move to make money for the council at the disruption of our busking community.

Why is this important?

This is important for the local buskers and for the community as a whole.
with the ever expanding and growing town and ever increasing population comes art and culture. Buskers do a good job of entertaining the public and providing light entertainment generally in a professional and pleasant manner. Some of the buskers in Telford, of which maybe 10 are regular, rely on their busing monies to support them in their daily lives. Food, Water, Electric.. the essentials.

It also has farther reaching benefits amongst those who struggle with mental health difficulties who use busking as a way to interact with the community where otherwise they wouldn't.

This 'LAW' is designed to remove art and culture and to shut down buskers from being heard. it is supression of the arts for the benefit of big business.

Telford

Reasons for signing

  • Because music matters!
  • To help Keep Music Live
  • Had some lovely meals sat outside listening to great music from buskers here!! Don’t like it sit inside..?

Updates

2017-12-01 20:19:26 +0000

Today Josh and Gary headed the campaign in Telford 's Southwater Precinct where they collected over 200 more signatures from the general public. This puts us at nearly 500 signatures!!

Thank you for your continued support #EnjoyTheSilence

The Telford Buskers

2017-11-30 08:18:19 +0000

Wow!! After three days of petitioning we have reached nearly 200 hundred signatures!
Thank you all for your support. After BBC broadcast last night we have some new ammo to take to the council.

Anyone who wants to help out please get in touch with Josh and lets push things forward!

2017-11-27 17:26:51 +0000

100 signatures reached

2017-11-26 17:39:18 +0000

50 signatures reached

2017-11-26 13:50:48 +0000

Hi folks, thanks for your support so far.
I perhaps need to tidy this petition up a little, any advice on how to word this better and how to present it would be gratefully received.

2017-11-26 13:27:47 +0000

25 signatures reached

2017-11-26 12:53:38 +0000

10 signatures reached