Miss Polly Hoops, 22, stated that, “Four men came up to me and gave me this noise abatement notice. They were very aggressive. I had been performing at the top of the Trafalgar Square. At the time I was doing it with three hoops, but now I use four or five. I have a five-minute, family-friendly hula-hoop routine. I just want to entertain the public. I love to see girls smile and want them to try hooping themselves.” Her notice was issued last September. She said the council claimed a complaint was filed about the the music she plays through a small amplifier while she hoop dances.When The Evening Standard asked if she thought the council wanted to ban street performers, she said, “I think they do. They’ve generally been very aggressive, not very pleasant at all. I think they’re using me as a test case to stop street performers.” How does she feel about the case? Polly explained, “I am terrified to lose as it will be such an injustice. But if I win this will mean so much to me and all the performers fighting for Trafalgar. Wish me luck and hopefully our Battle of Trafalgar will end.” MacFarlane claimed the notice has cost her more than £2,000 in lost tips.
Westminster Council’s member for public health Tony Devenish said: “Buskers have an important place in the heart of London and are part of what makes the capital such a vibrant place. However they have to follow the same rules as everyone else and not cause an obstruction to the highway or excessive noise.” The case was then adjourned until April 13.