Gloucestershire

Stroud District Council to limit street 'chuggers'

A local authority in Gloucestershire is to clamp down on charity fundraisers who operate in shopping centres following a number of complaints.

Stroud District Council is to limit collectors, known as "chuggers", to one charity a week. Chuggers ask people to sign up for donations by direct debit.

The move follows a successful trial scheme earlier this year.

Councillor June Cordwell said she hopes the limit ensures the town centre is "inviting and pleasant" to shoppers.

"Charities obviously need to raise money for the excellent work they do, however the issue of so called 'chuggers' over recent years has become a national problem causing shoppers and retailers a great deal of annoyance," she said.

The council will also limit permits for cold calling charity direct debit sign-ups to two organisations each quarter.

The number of permits issued for house-to-house charity collections will also be limited.

Previously, annual permits were issued, but from now on they will only last for three months and only four organisations at a time will have them.

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