Consultation launched on aggressive begging
A public consultation has been launched to gauge people’s views on aggressive begging in the district.
The Wakefield Council consultation runs until Sunday August 19.
Cllr Maureen Cummings, Cabinet Member for Environment and Communities at Wakefield Council, said: "We have had reports from residents and businesses that people are being persistently harassed by aggressive beggars in our city and town centres.
"We are carrying out this consultation as we want to know people's views and I'd like to ask as many people as possible to take part in the consultation and to share their thoughts.
"We will carefully consider all the feedback that we receive and decide if any action needs to be taken."
If a consultation shows that aggressive begging is an issue, the Council will look to impose a Public Spaces Protection Order, so that they and the Police have more powers to tackle the issue.
The consultation is to find out about people's experiences in Wakefield city centre, Castleford town centre and Pontefract town centre such as asking if they've witnessed aggressive begging, how they responded and how it made them feel.
To take part in the consultation visit: www.wakefield.gov.uk/pspo
For information: Aggressive begging is making an unsolicited request for money in a way that is intimidating, threatening, forceful, confrontational or persistent. This may take the form of repeated demands, threats, harassment, pestering, verbal abuse where money is not given or other hostile or intimidating behaviours, including gestures.