South Tyneside council chiefs keeping close eye on new ‘chugging’ zone rules in Newcastle

CHUGGERS ... On King Street South Sheilds
CHUGGERS ... On King Street South Sheilds

Council chiefs in South Tyneside are set to monitor the response of tough new rules being brought in to curb “chuggers” approaching shoppers in Newcastle.

The city council had attempted to stop the fundraising practice but were unable to do so.

We will be looking closely at the response to Newcastle’s PSPO and similar ones across the country.

Council Spokesman

In a bid to limit their reach, the council has introduced two designated areas in which they can operate.

Charity collectors will also only be allowed to work from the spots two days a week.

The new rules which came into force on Monday, are part of the city’s Public Space Protection Order.

While, South Tyneside Council say they have no plans to adopt the same approach, they would be looking closely at the response to it.

Under the new rules, only two agents at a time will be able to operate from the site and fundraising will only be allowed two days a week and not two days running.

Organisations must also apply to the council at least six weeks before they want to use the site. 
Any breach of the conditions could result in a £100 fixed penalty notice.

A spokeswoman for South Tyneside Council said: “Whilst South Tyneside Council has no plans to implement this at present we will be looking closely at the response to Newcastle’s PSPO and similar ones across the country.”

Newcastle’s Cabinet Member for Regulation, Coun Nick Kemp, said: “Face-to-face fundraising has caused nuisance and annoyance to people so we have used our Public Space Protection Order to deal with this. Rather than banning it outright we have sought to take a proportionate response allowing fundraising in strictly designated areas and only on certain days.

“We believe this strikes the right balance and will put an end to the dark days when fundraisers would spread themselves out across Northumberland Street and accost people as they went about their daily business.

“We hope the public will agree with this approach while giving charities the chance to continue to raise money.”