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Councillors approve wording and designated area for proposed street begging bylaw

20/12/13

Aberdeen Councillors have approved the wording and the designated area for a proposed bylaw to prohibit street begging in the city centre.

During the meeting of Full Council on Wednesday [18 December] it was also agreed that officers should now take the necessary steps to complete the statutory process to seek confirmation from the Scottish Government of the bylaw.

The wording of the proposed bylaw is as follows:

(1) Any person who, in the designated area, (a) begs, or (b) otherwise acts with the purpose of inducing the gifting of money or goods, so as to cause or be likely to cause annoyance, and fails to desist upon being required to do so by a constable, shall be guilty of an offence.

(2) A person guilty of an offence under subsection (1) shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level two on the standard scale.

(3) A person participating in a public charitable collection in respect of which (a) Aberdeen City Council has given its permission under section 119 of the Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982, or (b) such permission is not required by virtue of a direction of the Scottish Ministers under the said section 119, shall not be guilty of an offence under this section.

The designated area was agreed as the Business Improvement District (BID) which includes Union Street, Union Square and the Castlegate, extending along King Street to East North Street and along the Gallowgate up to Spring Garden.

It also covers west to Rosemount Viaduct and past Holburn junction to Willowbank Road.