Responsible street entertaining, busking and amplified speaking outside Shepherds Bush Station - have your say. 

Closes 10 Dec 2021

Opened 12 Nov 2021

Overview

To reduce anti-social behaviour and noise pollution there are rules in place which restrict street entertaining, busking and amplified public speaking outside Shepherds Bush Station.

Police Officers, Police Community Support Officers and some council officers can issue fines to people who continue to break these rules.

These powers have been in place since 2016 and help keep our public spaces safe and pleasant for all.

Residents, businesses, and visitors continue to tell us that the extra noise from amplifiers, busking and street entertainment outside Shepherds Bush Station causes a disturbance and, in some instances, can be dangerous.

The extra noise can be particularly disorientating for those with hearing or visual impairments. It can drown out the sound of traffic and the indication noises from pedestrian crossings, making junctions more hazardous.

How the ban works

We enforce the ban using a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO). The current restrictions in place are:

  • Street entertaining, busking and amplified public speaking is not allowed before 10am and after 6pm.
  • The use of mains electricity or generator power for the purposes of amplification is not allowed.
  • The use of microphones, loudspeakers, megaphones, or other similar equipment to amplify the volume of speech or music is not allowed
  • Buskers, street entertainers and public speaking cannot occupy a location in the restricted area for more than one hour at a time and cannot return to the restricted area within a 24-hour period.
  • Busking, entertaining and public speaking within 50 metres of another busker, street entertainer or public speaker is not allowed.

The restrictions currently apply to the area outside Shepherds Bush Station, (see map below). Authorised officers can issue fines to people who breach the restrictions. Full details are available here Shepherds Bush Station public spaces protection order | LBHF.

Why your views matter

We need to ensure that the powers for the PSPO are proportionate and so we are asking for your feedback to see whether you think there continues to be a problem. We would also like your thoughts on how well the current rules are working or if they should be changed. This could include changing the hours that the restrictions apply or the area they apply to.

Please share your thoughts before the consultation closes on Friday 10 December 2021.

 For any queries, please contact us at csu@lbhf.gov.uk

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