Council officials are trying to introduce a new by-law to stop beggars harrassing people for money on the streets of Aberdeen.
They claim the problem has had a negative impact on local businesses and is affecting the city's image.
A council report says beggars also pose a safety hazard for disabled people who could trip over them on the pavement.
The report states: "Reducing levels of street-begging is likely to enhance the city centre's reputation as a place to visit, shop and socialise.
"There are various negative and positive impacts likely to arise through the implementation of a byelaw.
"It may be perceived that people who complain about feeling unsafe due to the presence of street beggars [which include people with disabilities and older people, local businesses and others]may benefit from the introduction of the byelaw. "
However, the report has prompted a mixed response from charities set up to help disabled people. Katrina Erskine, a committee member of Shopmobility, an organisation which helps get people who are disabled or injured around the city centre, said: "Not one of my customers has turned round and said they can't get up Union Street for street beggars. You can't use one set of vulnerable people against another one."
But Neil Skene, of North-east Sensory Services, said: "There could be a problem if somebody is sat on the street with their legs sticking out, but whether that's a beggar or not is by the by."