I'm pleased that street entertainers may need to get a license to entertain people on the Southbank. Some of the entertainers are very good, but unfortunately some need a bit more practice! It will also be better for the area too if suitable locations are identified, so that people who have stopped to watch, don't block the thoroughfare. I do hope they don't give the guys on the 'Dirty Beach' a license to continue their work though, because they take up too much room and prevent people from walking/sitting on the sand. Besides the sand structures, one guy had three huge blankets spread on the beach last week so that people could throw down coins, and people were having to sit on the dirtier end of the 'beach'.
Just to be clear it's the Bankside area in Southwark (specifically the bit between Blackfriars and Southwark bridges) that this proposed new regulatory regime is talking about, not the South Bank as such (which is further upriver and mostly in Lambeth).
The only proposed area for licensed entertainers under the current Southwark proposal is the wide bit of path to the west of the Millennium Bridge.
There are so many different complications with land ownership etc along the rest of the SE1 riverside that the regulation/enforcement situation varies wildly.