Allow the buskers to play
  • Petitioned Head of Markets currently Gavin Dooley

This petition was delivered to:

Tower Hamlets Coucil
Head of Markets currently Gavin Dooley
THEOs, Tower Hamlets Council
Phillip Gospage

Allow the buskers to play

    1. Petition by

      Columbia road shop keepers and Columbia Road Resdients Association

Since the beginning of 2013 the buskers have been stopped from playing in the flower market. This is due to a small number of people complaining about the buskers. The buskers are willing to liaise with the local residents and shop keepers to ensure that they are not a nuisance. A few of the buskers have been playing in the market for a number of years. They have written to Phillip Gospage to resolve the situation with dialogue and are still waiting for a response.
Columbia Road Flower Market attracts people from across the London, UK and the World because of the distinct atmosphere. The buskers help create that atmosphere and there is a economic argument for maintaining the status quo and allowing the buskers to play.

We want to ensure that the vocal complaints of a minority do not take priority over the voice of the majority. In a survey carried out by the buskers the majority of shop keeper and residents greatly appreciate the contribution made by the buskers to the market and are upset by the treatment of the buskers by Tower Hamlets Council. It is important to us that the THEOs put their energies into resolving crime within the market such as bicycle theft, pick pocketing, fake notes and shop lifting. Not criminalising people who make music.

To:
Head of Markets currently Gavin Dooley, Tower Hamlets Coucil
Phillip Gospage, THEOs, Tower Hamlets Council
Allow the buskers to perform on a Sunday at Columbia Road Flower Market

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    • Paloma Sparrow ROQUEREDONDE, FRANCE
      • 2 months ago

      Because it contributes to the atmosphere and specialness of Columbia Road

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    • Rachel Somerset LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 3 months ago

      I'm a street performer and as well as an events performer.

      I think buskers should have certain rules to follow like noise level, make sure they are not blocking the pavement completely, etc, but they should be left alone to play their wonderful music, and if someone doesn't enjoy it, that's hard luck, I don't like cigarettes but I'm yet to see a new law stopping people from smoking on other peoples faces.

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    • Devon Joubert LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 3 months ago

      The Right to street performance provides a foundation for musical development

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    • Orsola De Marco LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 4 months ago

      nothing enhances the great experience of the market like a good live soundtrack

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    • tsieske van den Broek HERNE HILL, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 4 months ago

      It really helps the community create a friendly and relaxed vibe. Only positive comes out of buskers playing..

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