Regulations made by Portsmouth City Council with regard to street collections

In pursuance of Section 5 of the Police, Factories, etc (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1916 as amended by Section 251 and Schedule 29 to the Local Government Act 1972, Portsmouth City Council hereby makes the following regulations in respect of the places where and the conditions under which persons may be permitted in any street or public place within the City of Portsmouth to collect money or sell articles for the benefit of charitable or other purposes.

1. In these Regulations, unless the context otherwise requires:
'Collection' means a collection of money or a sale of articles for the benefit of charitable or other purposes and the word 
'collector' shall be construed accordingly;
'Promoter' means a person who causes others to act as collectors;
'Permit' means a permit for a collection;
'Contributor' means a person who contributes to a collection and includes a purchaser of articles for sale for the benefit of 
charitable or other purposes.
'Collecting box' means a box or other receptacle for the reception of money for contributors.

2. No collection, other than a collection taken at a meeting in the open air, shall be made in any street or public place within the city of Portsmouth unless a promoter shall have obtained from Portsmouth City Council a permit.

3. Application for a permit shall be made in writing not later than one month before the date on which it is proposed to make the collection; Provided that Portsmouth City Council may reduce the period of one month if satisfied that there are special reasons for so doing.

4. No collection shall be made except upon the day and between the hours stated in the permit.

5. Portsmouth City Council may, in granting a permit, limit the collection to such streets or public places or such parts thereof as it thinks fit.

1. No Person may assist or take part in any collection without the written authority of a promoter

2. Any person authorised under paragraph (1) above shall produce such written authority forthwith for inspection on being requested to do so by a duly authorised officer of Portsmouth City Council or any constable.

6. No collection shall be made in any part of the carriageway of any street which has a footway. Provided that Portsmouth City Council may, if it thinks fit, allow a collection to take place on the said carriageway where such collection has been authorised to be held in connection with a procession.

7. No collection shall be made in a manner likely to inconvenience or annoy any person.

8. No collector shall importune any person to the annoyance of such person.

9. While collecting -

1. a collector shall remain stationary - and

2. a collector or two collectors together shall not be nearer to another collector than 25 metres: Provided that Portsmouth City Council may. if it thinks fit, waive requirements of this Regulation in respect of a collection which has been authorised to be held in connection with a procession. 

10. No promoter, collector or person who is otherwise connected with a collection shall permits person under the age of sixteen years to act as a collector.

1. Every collector shall carry a collecting box

2. All collecting boxes shall be numbered consecutively and shall be securely closed and sealed in such a way as to prevent them being opened without the seal being broken.

3. All money received by a collector from contributors shall immediately be placed in a collecting box.

4.Every collector shall deliver, unopened, all collecting boxes in his possession to a promoter.

11. A collector shall not carry or use any collecting box, receptacle or tray which does not bear displayed prominently thereon the name of the charity or fund which is to benefit nor any collection box which is not duly numbered.

1. Subject to paragraph (2) below, a collecting box shall be opened in the presence of a promoter and another responsible person.

2. Where a collection box is delivered, unopened, to a bank, it may be opened by an official of the bank.

3. As soon as a collection box has been opened, the person opening it shall count the contents and shall enter the amount with the number of the collecting box on a list which shall be certified by that person.

4. No payment shall be made to any collector.

5. No payment shall be made out of the proceeds of a collection, either directly or indirectly, to any other person connected with the promotion or conduct of such collection for, or in respect of, services connected therewith except such payments as may have been approved by Portsmouth City Council.

6. Within one month after the date of any collection the person to whom a permit has been granted shall forward to Portsmouth City Council - 

1. a statement in the form enclosed herewith, showing the amount received and the expenses and payments incurred in connection with such collection, and certified by that person and either a qualified accountant or an independent responsible person acceptable to Portsmouth City Council;

2. a list of the collectors;

3. a list of the amounts contained in each collecting box; and shall, if required by Portsmouth City Council satisfy it as to the proper application of the proceeds of the collection.

7. The said person shall also, within the same period, at the expense of that person and after the certificate under paragraph (1)(a) above has been given, publish in such newspaper or newspapers as Portsmouth City Council may direct, a statement showing the name of the person to whom the permit has been granted, the area to which the permit relates, the name of the charity or fund to benefit, the date of the collection, the amount collected, and the amount of expenses and payments incurred in connection with such collection.

8. Portsmouth City Council may, if satisfied there are special reasons for so doing may extend the period of one month referred to in paragraph (1) above.

9. For the purposes of this Regulation 'a qualified accountant' means a member of one or more of the following bodies -

The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales

The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland

The Association of Certified Accountants

The Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland.

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