TOUGHER rules on busking in Worcester city centre could be introduced by council chiefs.
Members of the Labour cabinet on the city council are due to vote tonight (Tuesday) to adopt a new guide to regulate busking.
The new code will replace the current guidelines which have been in place for the past decade.
Council chiefs hope the new guide will encourage live music and performance to add appeal and enjoyment to the city centre, while avoiding any problems for retailers, businesses and residents.
The guide was put together following a consultation with the Musicians Union and Equity as well as local arts organisations including Worcester Music Festival.
The new code urges buskers to consider the impact of their performances, including looking at their location and making sure the sound level is not intrusive for those living or working nearby.
It also recommends members of the public or businesses should try to resolve any issues by approaching the busker directly during a break in their performance.
If this doesn’t work, Worcester City Council will become involved and enforcement action will be taken.
Coun Geoff Williams, cabinet member for Economic Prosperity, said: “Live music and street theatre can really add colour and interest to a place, and we want to encourage performers to come to Worcester.
“I believe the proposed new guide will maximise the public’s enjoyment whilst also setting out clear, common sense principles to help resolve any disputes swiftly,” he added.