Council performs busking U-turn

Oxford Council has decided against introducing plans that would have forced buskers to smile.

Council performs busking U-turn

A council has performed a U-turn on plans to force buskers to smile.

Oxford Council decided against implementing the proposed plan on account of a 5,000-strong petition in protest, while lawyers also warned the authority that the proposal could end up in court.

The overarching ambition behind the proposal was to tackle anti-social behaviour, but it also stipulated that buskers must "smile, enjoy yourself and entertain others".

The plan led to an angry response from buskers, with the entertainers claiming it would "criminalise" them and it also led to fears that a £1,000 fine could be imposed.

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