Buskers 'Hit the Right Note' in new awareness campaign

Buskers in the capital are being encouraged to be more considerate in a new crack-down on anti-social behaviour.

The 'Hit the Right Note' campaign will provide advice to the many buskers who enjoy performing in the city centre.

Now, the City of Edinburgh Council is working with Lothian and Borders Police to offer buskers guidance on how to avoid complaints.

Credit card sized guidance cards will now be handed out to performers, so crowds can still be entertained without causing nuisance.

The new guidelines include, playing at a considerate volume and moving onto another pitch at least 50 metres away, after one hour.

Buskers should not perform near doorways or cash points.

Entertainers should also stop busking if requested to do so by anyone who is inconvenienced or disturbed.

Amplifiers are also not permitted unless permission is given by the Fringe Festival or Council.

David Beckett, convener of the City Centre Neighbourhood Partnership, said:

" Edinburgh is a vibrant and colourful city all year round and street entertainers add great character to our city streets. However, noise from buskers can cause distress, particularly in highly populated residential areas of the city centre.

"Noise nuisance from busking is one of the top complaints from local residents and the Council has been working with Police to address the problems associated with this type of anti-social behaviour.

"We want to ensure buskers have good, clear advice so everyone can enjoy a pleasant and entertaining local environment."

Inspector Dianne Bruce, who oversees the city centre policing team, said:

"Entertainers such as buskers add real value to the atmosphere of Edinburgh City Centre, and are fantastic for furthering Edinburgh 's tourism industry.

"We know, however, that it can sometimes be a different story for the local residents and business workers who can be disturbed by noise and crowds gathering.

"We came up with the idea to provide this guidance so that residents and workers can have a peaceful atmosphere, while still preserving Edinburgh 's tradition as a hub for fantastic entertainment."

Guidance on legal issues are busking is available on both the Council and Police websites.

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