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