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Thread #92468   Message #1768306
Posted By: The Shambles
24-Jun-06 - 06:26 PM
Thread Name: London buskers / Licensing Act
Subject: RE: London buskers / Licensing Act
The guidance that Shambles provided a link to also states quite explicitly

Busking will not be licensable


I had hoped my post had already made this DCMS advice clear. But it may be a little confusing to refer to the advice contained in this DCMS press release ( issued on 18 February 2003) as guidance. For this advice is not the Act's Statutory Guidance which has recently been revised. On Thursday 22 June 2006, the government published revised statutory Guidance for the new Licensing Act. See this DCMS press release:
http://www.culture.gov.uk/global/press_notices/archive_2006/dcms090_06.htm

It would be fair to say that The Act's Statutory Guidance is not very helpful to these matters.
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The Act's Guidance suggest that Local Authorities should obtain premise licence entertainment permission for public places. This to enable things like Punch and Judy shows to take place without the performers needing to obtain TENs for each performance. A move that my council has started work on.

This may or may not be a factor in Southwark - but it does mean that if and where this is done - the LA will hold the licence for these places and they will then have even more control over what form of entertainment can or cannot take place.