Conservative Cllr Andrew Wealls, acting on behalf of concerned residents and businesses, submitted a letter to the Neighbourhoods, Inclusion, Communities, and Equalities Committee (NICE) in City Chambers on Monday 8th October 2018.
The letter refers to charity ‘chuggers’ and the annoyance and / or obstruction they cause to visitors in George Street, Hove. Cllr Wealls has received complaints from businesses in George Street, Hove, detailing the intimidating activities of some of these individuals in this area.
We All Support Legitimate Fundraising
None of us have an issue with legitimate fundraising activity by charities, whether by licensed ‘tin-rattling’, or setting-up stalls promoting their causes. What is a problem is approaching people visiting the street to enjoy the shops and cafes and pursuing them to sign-up to direct debits.
Labour Inaction Rules Out A Solution Before Christmas
Speaking before the Committee meeting Cllr Wealls said “I approached the Council requesting they help to deal with this back in July. I understand we may get a ‘report’ in December – too late for Christmas shoppers in George Street. I suspect local businesses will find it hard to understand why the Council is making such a meal out of enforcing a by-law that already exists.”
Following discussion, and after interjections from several Councillors, it was agreed that a report will be brought to the committee in November.