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Code of conduct issued for buskers to avoid noise and nuisance

Buskers and street performers have been ordered to sign a new code of conduct to avoid noise and nuisance.

Trafford Council introduced the code following a consultation last year, with the aim “to ensure a balance between the needs of musicians, residents and businesses” in Altrincham town centre.

The standards are already in place and include instructions for acts to be performed at a reasonable volume, not cause obstruction and never to use amplified sound, drums or street furniture.


As part of the code, street musicians are also asked to maintain a distance of 50 meters between themselves, to be ready to change location if they impact people in the area and to apply for a license to collect street if they are performing for charity. .

A spokesperson for Trafford Council said: ‘We want to ensure that central Altrincham is a thriving, prosperous and safe environment for everyone who lives, visits or works in the town.

“Buskers can really enhance the atmosphere of a downtown area, but we want to make sure they don’t negatively impact the surrounding area.

“Therefore, we are asking buskers to abide by the new code to ensure that live music can continue to be part of city life, without interfering with other downtown users.”

The code will work between April 1 and September 30, 2022, after which its operation should be reviewed.

During the consultation last year, the council said it recognized that buskers can be an important part of the city’s culture, but should not negatively impact their surroundings by causing a nuisance or by interfering with the operation of businesses.