General view of Hammersmith Broadway and station entrance

Amplifiers removed from Hammersmith Town Centre to make it safer and more pleasant

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Disabled people and local businesses raised concerns about the noise from amplified music and public speaking in Hammersmith Town Centre

Buskers, musicians and public speakers will no longer be able to use amplifiers in parts of Hammersmith Town Centre following complaints from residents, businesses.

From 1 August 2019, a public spaces protection order (PSPO) comes into force and will mean people who flout the new law risk a £100 fine.

The change comes following complaints to the council from businesses near Hammersmith gyratory and Disabled people, particularly those with visual impairments, who said the noise stops them being able to cross the road safely as they can’t hear the traffic.

“This is a very welcome change. We support the council entirely in its decision,” said Bryan Naylor, who is Chair of H&F’s resident-led Older People’s Commission and has age-related macular degeneration.

“Blind and visually impaired people have enough difficulty already in listening out for traffic at this very busy, very noisy part of Hammersmith.”

Backing the order

The PSPO has been introduced following a public consultation last year, where almost 70 per cent of respondents supported the action.

The order covers the roads surrounding Hammersmith Broadway, and stretches west along King Street to Nigel Playfair Avenue.

“We’ve listened to what people have told us and have taken action to address what was clearly an issue for many residents and businesses” said Cllr Sue Fennimore, H&F Council Deputy Leader.

“However, we are huge supporters of the arts and value our buskers and public speakers as part of the fabric of the borough. They are welcome to continue entertaining and engaging with people here – just not using disruptively loud amplifiers.”

Read full details of the PSPO and see the map of the area it covers

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