Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Plans for buskers on Portsmouth seafront approved

Buskers will be able to perform along the seafront in Portsmouth for the first time after councillors backed plans to relax licensing laws.

The move means musicians will be able to entertain the public without having to apply for a licence.

Buskers will be able to perform at 20 pitches from Canoe Lake to Clarence Pier, as long as they have permission.

Previously, only 19 buskers were licensed to perform in the city, though it was not permitted on the seafront.

Old regulations meant that a street entertainment licence was required for people to perform.

Council leader Gerald Vernon-Jackson said buskers could enjoy the benefits of playing at prominent sites across the city.

He said the move was brought in to make it "easier" for musicians to make a living.

"Portsmouth has a rich musical community and changes to regulations mean musicians can perform without having to go through the hassle of applying for a permit," he added.

All busking sites will be clearly marked with a stencil image on the pavement.

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