Shops' loud bagpipe music banned
Published 02/08/2011 | 14:41
Tourist shops in Scotland's capital have been banned from playing loud bagpipe music out into the streets.
Edinburgh City Council environmental officers began patrolling the city's "tartan shops" this week to make sure traders do not break rules which came into force on Monday.
The ban follows complaints about some retailers playing loud bagpipe music through speakers outside their shops. Complaints were also made about rails and baskets of products blocking the pavement.
Traders attended a meeting with the council last month to agree on a "reasonable" approach to such marketing tactics. Those who do not comply could have their items confiscated.
A spokesperson for the council said: "While most shops do operate responsibly, there remain specific examples where this is not the case and from Monday, council officers will be patrolling the city centre to ensure that displays are what we would consider to be reasonable, as agreed with traders at our meeting on July 22.
"Officers will also ensure that no music is played from speakers situated outside of shop fronts."