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7:01am 26th January 2013

A licence to sing in Truro?

A new draft guide for buskers is being brought in after noise complaints from office workers.

The council has been holding meetings over the last six months because some said the music from street performers was distracting them from work, or was out of tune.

Busker Andy Marshall performs Frank Sinatra classics in the city. He said: "It's vibrant, it's lovely, you know it's really nice. I think it's a lovely atmosphere. From my point of view, I go round to the shops that are in the immediate vicinity of where I'm actually performing and ask everybody if they mind what I do. All of them have said it's not a problem.

"I think that's a damn good idea to be quite honest with you. I think that they should have licensing as they do in Princess Hay in Exeter. You get a permit, and with that, you have to go and do an audition. I think the same practice is in Taunton. That's the way forward."

Kevin Brader, Senior Environmental Health Officer for Cornwall Council confirmed he had received eight complaints in the last year.

He said: "Any standard's going to have to apply to everybody. People's tolerances differ because of the quality of the music but in terms of the standards we're looking at, it is strictly the volume, the interference and the duration of the music. The quality doesn't necessarily come into it.

"There's a code of conduct that originally existed with Carrick District Council, and to think about perhaps bringing in a more modern, up to date version of that and relaunching it, with obviously input from the buskers themselves and all the businesses and other parties involved."

7:01am 26th January 2013

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