A decision on the future of busking in the centre of the city is due next month.

Nottingham busker plays violin. Long Row, NG1 3AG, Nottingham.

The Nottingham City Council issued a Public Service Protection Order (PSPO) on May 18th 2019 but it is set to come to an end next month after being enforced for three years.

The order restricts the areas in which busking was permitted.

This has reignited the debate over whether this PSPO should be renewed or not.

A member of staff from EE, a shop opposite the busking ‘hot point’ said busking does have an impact on the business.

“Busking impacts sales as you can’t hear the customers talk when the busking is so loud”.

“I don’t consider it a problem, however the volume does need to be controlled”.

But what exactly does this order restrict?

The PSPO states that an individual must not;

  • Obstruct access to any building, hinder street cleansing and free passage or prohibit vehicle passage along a highway.
  • Busk in a prohibited busking location within the restricted area
  • Make an unauthorised request for money, personal items, charitable or other donations without consent.
  • Distribute free matter without consent.
  • Display a mobile advertisement without consent
Public spaces protection order boundary. Nottingham city council.

The Nottingham City Council press office said the decision was taken with the original PSPO a few years ago was because the council house is a working building containing the coroner’s court, as well as a place where people register births and deaths.

“Public consultation told us that people didn’t want to have to step around buskers when entering the building for these reasons”.

The authority says it is planning to extend the order for another three years.