Bath Abbey Letter Against Buskers

Bath Abbey Letter Against Buskers

We are publishing this extraordinary letter from the Rector of Bath Abbey which asks his congregation to push for restrictions against buskers in the city of Bath that would marginalise them and push them out of the cultural life of the city.

Freedom of expression in an open and democratic society must extend to street musicians and the ideas they convey in our public spaces. By calling upon the state to use its coercive power to stifle the cultural freedoms of a group of which he disapproves, the Rector of Bath Abbey has caused unnecessary division and controversy. The issues that have arisen in Bath need to be resolved through ongoing dialogue and negotiation, not the heavy handed misapplication of a far-reaching law.

B&NES Street performers Consultation letter 2015 (1)