Cambridge introduces chugger management

Cambridge authorities are planning to place controls on chuggers, who have been accused of chasing potential donors down the road.

Cambridge City Centre Management is to agree a policy with the Public Fundraising Regulatory Association to tackle the problem. It hopes the association's regulatory code of practice will control when, where and how fundraisers can operate.

"A lot of face-to-face fundraisers have been quite aggressive," said Heather Bevan-Hunt, the licensing administrator for CCCM. "We have had complaints from people who have been chased down the road.

"We haven't known when fundraisers are coming or who is coming. If complaints are made at the moment, we don't know who we are dealing with."

A PFRA spokeswoman, said: "Under the law, city councils have very limited powers, and working with us will take regulation forward. Major regional centres such as Cambridge are areas where charities really want to fundraise."

Mike Aldridge, chief executive of the PFRA, is also due to meet Brighton and Hove city centre manager, Soozie Campbell, and the council's head of licensing this week to finalise a site management plan for the city.

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