On Street Activity

The Big Issue

The Bath BID works closely with the Big Issue vendors and management in Bath.

The Big Issue office is located at:

The Big Issue Bath,
Lombard House
30 St. James Parade
Bath, BA1 1EJ

Telephone 01225 337 050
Twitter: @BathBigIssue

Businesses who experience any concerns with vendors can contact the BID office 01225 430640 or via our contact page.

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Buskers

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Busking and other forms of street entertainment are part of Bath city life, creating an enhanced atmosphere and providing pleasure to local residents and visitors alike. Buskers and street entertainers in Bath are asked to follow a Code of Practice, which can be downloaded below.

Under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 noise in the street from musical instruments may be a statutory nuisance and the Local Authority is able to take legal action to abate the nuisance and prohibit or restrict its recurrence.

It should be noted that  Bath and North East Somerset do not license buskers. If you encounter problems with street entertainers/buskers please contact the following people:

For matters relating to obstruction of the ‘public highway’ and offensive behaviour, please contact the Police on 01275 818181

For matters relating to noise control please contact Bath & North East Somerset Council on 01225 477563

The Voluntary Busking Code of Practice

 

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PFRA (Chuggers)

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The charity fundraisers who collect direct debit instructions face-to-face from customers are known as ‘Chuggers’.  In order to manage this activity in Bath a site management agreement (SMA) is now in place between the PFRA (Public Fundraising Regulatory Authority) and Bath BID Company.  The purpose and spirit of this agreement is to facilitate face-to-face fundraising in a given location and provide balance between the right of the charity to fundraise and the right of the public to go about their business without an impression of undue inconvenience.

Once an agreement is in place it should minimise the administration for all concerned, providing just one channel for information and support, as City Centre Managers and Licensing Officers only have to deal with one organisation, the PFRA, instead of dealing with each individual charity and fundraisers organisation separately.

An SMA also recognises and accommodates the fact that other legitimate activities also operate on the Public Highway, including events, street trading and activities organised by the Local Authority or authorised public bodies (e.g. Police)

Bath City Centre contains the following operating sites delineated as follows:

Site 1 – Union Street (Northumberland Place to Westgate St) – Capacity: maximum of 4 branded/working fundraisers plus one branded supervisor who is clearly identifiable as the Team Leader or non-fundraising Team Leader only identifiable with an id badge

Site 2 – Northgate – (Northgate to High Street – only on the Corridor side of the street) Capacity: maximum of 2 branded/working fundraisers plus one branded supervisor who is clearly identifiable as the Team Leader or non-fundraising Team Leader only identifiable with an id badge

Site 3 – Milsom Street (Quiet Street and Green Street to the top of Milsom Street joining George Street) – Capacity: maximum of 4 branded/working fundraisers plus one branded supervisor who is clearly identifiable as the Team Leader or non-fundraising Team Leader only identifiable with an id badge

Site 4 – Stall Street – (York Street – Lower Borough Walls) Capacity: maximum of 2 branded/working fundraisers plus one branded supervisor who is clearly identifiable as the Team Leader or non-fundraising Team Leader only identifiable with an id badge

Each site will be allocated one day a week plus a rotating timetable of use as agreed with the PFRA and City Centre Manager

Timetable of site use

  • Monday – Rotation Week 1 – Site 1, Week 2 – Site 2,  Week 3 – Site 3, Week 4 – Site 4
  • Tuesday – Site 1
  • Wednesday – Site 2
  • Thursday – Site 3
  • Friday – Site 4
  • Saturday – Usually happens once a month and agreement of which site to use will be discussed with the City Centre Manager.  The site will be on a rotation basis.
  • Sunday – No activity takes place.

To download the full agreement click here.