Watford Borough Council plans to crack down on 'chuggers'

Council plans to crack down on charity 'chuggers'

Council plans to crack down on charity 'chuggers'

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A crack-down on charity street-collectors, or "chuggers" has been launched by Watford Borough Council.

These fundraisers collect direct-debit donations in the street for charities and are often the subject of annoyance due to their persistence.

The council’s licensing committee will meet in March to consider regulating this activity in order to ensure visitors to the new look top-of-town are not "unduly inconvenienced".

New rules being considered could see "chugging" in the High Street strictly limited - or even banned.

Plans include:

- A ban on chugging in The Parade.

- A limit of four fundraisers in the High Street between Clarendon Road and Charter Place, and no more than two allowed between Charter Place and King Street.

- Street fundraisers to operate on three days a week and not on the same days as charity cash collectors.

- Charity cash collections will be allowed on the other four days of the week, although no more than six collectors will be allowed at any one time.

- Up to four collectors could be allowed in Queens Road between the High Street and Exchange Road.

Councillor Jan Brown, chairman of the committee, said: "We want to bring vibrancy and colour into the town centre to enhance the street scene and the improvements to The Parade.

"At the same time, we want to place sensible limits on charitable collections to ensure that organisations have a fair opportunity of asking for contributions whilst not unduly inconveniencing people going about their business."

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5:40pm Thu 30 Jan 14

HornetJJ says...

About time. It's impossible to walk down the High Street without being rudely interrupted by about 6 of the rodents!!
About time. It's impossible to walk down the High Street without being rudely interrupted by about 6 of the rodents!! HornetJJ
  • Score: 11

5:41pm Thu 30 Jan 14

Andrew Turpie says...

Edinburgh City Council if I remember clamped down on this years ago, but cannot remember if it was completely outlawed. However, chugging in Scotland has a completely different meaning in which the act results in hairy palms or degrading eyesight. For those who didn't know this now re read this story and see if you can get to the end without raising a smile :-)
Edinburgh City Council if I remember clamped down on this years ago, but cannot remember if it was completely outlawed. However, chugging in Scotland has a completely different meaning in which the act results in hairy palms or degrading eyesight. For those who didn't know this now re read this story and see if you can get to the end without raising a smile :-) Andrew Turpie
  • Score: 4

6:04pm Thu 30 Jan 14

TRT says...

I rarely come to town anymore, but it's not because of chuggers. I ignore them. I ignore anyone I don't immediately recognise. It's an essential tactic, but God, doesn't it make Watford an unfriendly place?!

But to be brutally honest, there's bigger fish to fry in terms of anti-social behaviour. I do like the way that action is only considered because of the town's image for all the new visitors who are going to be flocking here to see... a new 20 foot long bridge to nowhere and a collection of new granite planters or whatever they're wasting money on now. That thought is really raising a wry smile, in fact.
I rarely come to town anymore, but it's not because of chuggers. I ignore them. I ignore anyone I don't immediately recognise. It's an essential tactic, but God, doesn't it make Watford an unfriendly place?! But to be brutally honest, there's bigger fish to fry in terms of anti-social behaviour. I do like the way that action is only considered because of the town's image for all the new visitors who are going to be flocking here to see... a new 20 foot long bridge to nowhere and a collection of new granite planters or whatever they're wasting money on now. That thought is really raising a wry smile, in fact. TRT
  • Score: 6

11:34am Fri 31 Jan 14

Boosey says...

I'm more likely to have a look at and contribute to a charity if I'm not followed down the road putting pressure on me to part with my money, they should be outlawed.
I'm more likely to have a look at and contribute to a charity if I'm not followed down the road putting pressure on me to part with my money, they should be outlawed. Boosey
  • Score: 0

12:46pm Fri 31 Jan 14

garston tony says...

Boosey wrote:
I'm more likely to have a look at and contribute to a charity if I'm not followed down the road putting pressure on me to part with my money, they should be outlawed.
It must work otherwise they wouldnt do it but dont the charity lose out as a fair amount of what is donated goes towards this particular type of fundraising activity?

If you are interested in donating when stopped in the street then please still say no, then go home and find out how to donate direct to the charity as far more of your money will actually go on the good cause than admin costs.

Its not just chuggers but I hate being stopped by anyone in the street trying to get me to do something, i'd be okay if they were allowed to stand at the side where people who want to can choose to approach them but they shouldnt be allowed to canvas so persistently themselves
[quote][p][bold]Boosey[/bold] wrote: I'm more likely to have a look at and contribute to a charity if I'm not followed down the road putting pressure on me to part with my money, they should be outlawed.[/p][/quote]It must work otherwise they wouldnt do it but dont the charity lose out as a fair amount of what is donated goes towards this particular type of fundraising activity? If you are interested in donating when stopped in the street then please still say no, then go home and find out how to donate direct to the charity as far more of your money will actually go on the good cause than admin costs. Its not just chuggers but I hate being stopped by anyone in the street trying to get me to do something, i'd be okay if they were allowed to stand at the side where people who want to can choose to approach them but they shouldnt be allowed to canvas so persistently themselves garston tony
  • Score: 0

1:03pm Fri 31 Jan 14

EU_OUT_NOW says...

I don't have a problem with chuggers. I do all my shopping online, including food. Do people actually still walk round the shops? Goodness me! "Online Shopping" The future!
I don't have a problem with chuggers. I do all my shopping online, including food. Do people actually still walk round the shops? Goodness me! "Online Shopping" The future! EU_OUT_NOW
  • Score: -1

6:18pm Fri 31 Jan 14

Cuetip says...

The high street experience could easliy improve if littering, spitting and swearing were firmly stamped out.
The high street experience could easliy improve if littering, spitting and swearing were firmly stamped out. Cuetip
  • Score: 3

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