Wolverhampton limits days street fundraisers can operate

The city council has brought in the restrictions after 'overwhelming public feedback'

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Wolverhampton City Council has cut from five to three the number of days a week when street fundraisers can operate.

The council recently resumed talks with the Public Fundraising Regulatory Association over street fundraisers, after the council threatened to fine "nuisance" fundraisers up to £500.

A spokesman for the council said in a statement that fresh negotiations with the PFRA had led to an agreement acceptable to both sides. "This will involve controls on when and where the so-called chuggers operate and how they conduct themselves," he said.

As part of this agreement there will be two sites in the city where fundraisers can operate – they will be able to fundraise on one of these sites on Mondays and Tuesdays, and on the other on Wednesdays. According to the spokesman, only five fundraisers, one of which must be a team leader, will be able to operate at any one time.

"We have acted after overwhelming public feedback that left us in no doubt that something needed to be done to prevent shoppers and visitors to our city centre being put off by the actions of chuggers, who can be a source of annoyance when they are present in large numbers and often won't take no for an answer," he said.

Ian MacQuillin, head of communications at the PFRA, said that under the existing agreement fundraisers operated in the city five days a week, on one site. He said the PFRA was reasonably happy with the new agreement. "We always wanted a site management agreement with them and this is not a bad outcome," he said.

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