The courthouse grounds in Ramsey could be set to used by street entertainers, such as those performing plays or busking.
Ramsey Town Commissioners have applied to the licensing court for a music and dance licence for the grounds, which have been improved by regneration funding.
The licence would permit public entertainment there between 10am to 10pm any day other than Sunday and instead on Sundays between 10am to 6pm. The local authority’s application for the licence will be heard on Thursday, May 16, and any objectors need to have their complaint lodged in writing with the court at least three days beforehand.
The application is intended to enable the commissioners to arrange for live music, dance displays, busking and similar entertainment within the area and the proposal has been the subject of discussion with the police licensing unit, the northern neighbourhood policing team, and the Isle of Man Post Office manager at Ramsey post pffice, which is immediately adjacent to the application site.
Town clerk Peter Whiteway said: ‘We are hoping the courthouse grounds will become an area where we can have group performances in that space.
‘If we’re having different groups, someone busking etc, [we] need to have a licence. Have the licence in our own right so we can cut through the red tape to a degree.’
The commissioners have had approches from groups wishing to use the courthouse grounds for entertainment purposes. May 18 is the town’s Arg Beiyn Veterinary Fun Day and it wants to use part of the grounds for groups performing excepts from the muscials Hairspray and Madness, and a music and dance licence would cover this.
Also the local authority has had requests to use the space for busking during National Week.
Details about the application can be found at: http://ramsey.gov.im/default.aspx/categories/138/Public-Notices/articles/738/Application-for-Music-and-Dance-License-for-Courthouse-Grounds/