Amplification of Sound in Public Spaces: NTBCC deputation to CEC full council meeting

NTBCC has submitted the following to today’s full council meeting (started 10am) on Amplification of Sound in Public Spaces. PDF is here (NTBCC deputation), text is below

TL;DR: NTBCC is against amplification

NTBCC Submission: Amplification of Sound in Public Spaces Full Council 28 October 2021 Item 11.2

The New Town and Broughton Community Council (NTBCC) welcome and support Cllr Neil Ross’s motion (11.2) for the regulation of amplification of sound in public spaces.

We recognise the concerns of residents, businesses and visitors at the high level of amplification, sometimes used by buskers and street entertainers, in places such as Princes Street that are within the NTBCC area.

We echo Cllr Ross in asking officers to create straightforward ways for residents and businesses to report disturbances arising from the amplification of sound in public spaces, from whatever sources.

We believe there is no easily defined and enforceable level of acceptable amplified sound, especially in places with high ambient street noise. Instead NTBCC recommend a simple ban on amplification, following the successful Copenhagen policy, with musicians and other performers required to use natural acoustic sound.

Simon Holledge
Engagement Officer/Public Spaces Lead
New Town and Broughton Community Council (NTBCC) 26 October 2021

NTBCC minutes – Monday 9 September 2019

Minutes of New Town & Broughton Community Council’s ordinary meeting, held in Drummond Room, Broughton St Mary’s church, Bellevue Crescent on Monday 9 September 2019 at 7.30pm

Actions and decisions are red italic underlined. nem con means that no-one spoke or voted against a decision.

In the chair’s absence at the start of the meeting, the vice-chair chaired the start of the meeting (items 1, 2, 3, 5 and 6).

1 Attendance and apologies for absence

Susanna Beaumont NTBCC Carol Nimmo NTBCC Chair
Judy Conn NTBCC secretary Richard Price NTBCC Planning convener
Stephen Hajducki NTBCC Sheila Warnock NTBCC
Simon Holledge NTBCC Communications convener Alan Welsh NTBCC
Stuart McAllister NTBCC Alllan Jack NTBCC Transport convener
Jack Hugh NTBCC Alan Macintosh Broughton Spurtle
Susan Macinnes NTBCC ~35 residents

1.1 Apologies for absence

Jonathan Finn NTBCC treasurer Cllr Amy McNeese-Mechan Leith walk ward
Chrissie Ross Cllr Joanna Mowat City Centre ward
Deidre Brock MP

Cllr Hal Osler

Edinburgh North and Leith

Inverleith

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