An interesting approach to street fundraisers in Newcastle...
As reported in the article below, fundraisers in the city must stay within an 8 foot by 3 foot area (slightly longer but the width of a standard single bed) measured out on the ground.
Stepping outside of the box results in a £100 fine.
The restrictions have been imposed by a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO). As described on Newcastle City Council's website, PSPO's are intended to deal with a nuisance or problem in a particular area that is "detrimental to the local community’s qualify of life".
Sledgehammer to crack a nut?
The Public Space Protection Order (PSPO), which was originally agreed by the council in April last year but came into force two days ago, restricts the times, days and number of fundraisers, as well as the space in which they can operate within the city. Failure to adhere to the PSPO’s set rules will result in fines for the fundraisers. The council, which originally wanted to implement a blanket ban on street fundraising activity in the city, has called the PSPO a “proportionate response” to an activity that “has caused nuisance and annoyance to people” in the past