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Fringe Festival director Gareth McMillan last week said he was concerned the proposed changes would have a "chilling effect" on busking and street performers. He was concerned particularly about possible new rules for permissions, distancing and time limits.
He was disappointed to have only found out about it a week before consultation closed.
Council group manager customer and regulatory services Adrian Blair said many aspects of the rules around busking would retain the status quo.
"The need for buskers to seek permission from retailers before performing outside their stores is intended to reduce complaints from retailers, but remains a proposal only, and is open to feedback."
The time allowed for buskers was reduced under the proposal, but only by removing the previously allowed 30 minutes of set-up time, he said. "One-hour performance time remains unchanged."
The proposed bylaw required a 3m-wide corridor for pedestrian access, including people with disabilities, already a requirement in the CBD in 2GP rules, he said.
Consultation on the bylaw ran from July 3 to August 3 and was advertised in print and on social media.
"We also notified the people’s panel and arts groups and made information available at DCC service centres, on our website and in council newsletters."
The council had to maintain safe access for able and disabled people, he said. The bylaw would not restrict busking.
"In narrower parts of Albion Lane the distance of the passageway is 3.1m, allowing enough distance for some buskers to continue utilising this space.
"Other areas of Albion Lane provide wider access, and there will be no change in most cases."