Burnley bans street fundraising on five days of the week

Charlie Briggs, leader of Burnley Council, says its 'first concern was the shoppers'

Charlie Briggs
Charlie Briggs

Street fundraising in Burnley town centre has been banned on five days of the week, under a new agreement between the council and the Public Fundraising Regulatory Association.

The new site management agreement between Burnley Borough Council, which is run by a Liberal Democrat minority administration, and the PFRA says street fundraisers will be allowed to operate in the town centre only on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Only two collectors will be able to operate in each of the two sites in the Lancashire town, the council said.

A statement from the council said that Burnley Town Centre Management had received a number of complaints from visitors about the potential negative impact street fundraisers could be having on the town.

Charlie Briggs, leader of Burnley Council, said: "Our first concern has been for shoppers and others using the town centre. We know a number of shoppers had started to avoid parts of St James Street, having been repeatedly approached by charity collectors operating in the area in the past.

"The council has proactively tackled this issue and come to this new agreement, which will go a long way towards dealing with those issues."

He said the council had tried to find a balance in the agreement between allowing charities to raise money and preventing collectors being seen as a nuisance.

Ian MacQuillin, head of communications at the PFRA, said it was happy with the agreement. He said that in Lancashire the PFRA also had street fundraising agreements with Lancaster and Chorley councils and that it was in talks with Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council.

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