In the face of a rising number of requests from performers to book the downtown Plaza, the Ashland City Council has adopted new policies that are meant to prevent some performers from monopolizing the space.

In the face of a rising number of requests from performers to book the downtown Plaza, the Ashland City Council has adopted new policies that are meant to prevent some performers from monopolizing the space.

The council at its Tuesday meeting limited performance times to two hours, although extra time is allowed to set up and take down equipment.

Groups and individuals will be limited to four performances per month. They cannot book the same day of the week more than once within a four-week period, unless no one else has booked the desired day.

Some of the performers who use the Plaza are there so often they have become Ashland traditions.

A group of fire dancers, for example, uses the Plaza four to five times per month, dazzling onlookers and passers-by on Friday nights.

The council kept a ban on the selling of merchandise on the Plaza.

Performers can set up one canopy, two tables and a podium, as long as that equipment doesn't exceed 64 square feet.

Larger areas can be used for ceremonies and remembrances, such as Ashland's annual remembrance of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki during World War II.

Performers and groups that book the Plaza must still allow room for people to pass through the site.

Vickie Aldous is a reporter for the Ashland Daily Tidings. She can be reached at 541-479-8199 or vlaldous@yahoo.com.