Vernon city council has voted for a city-wide shopping cart ban in all public spaces.

It was one of 46 recommendations brought to council by the Activate Safety Task Force, all focused on the effects of homelessness and poverty on the business community.

The ban was originally meant to only affect the business improvement area of the city, but during a lengthy debate on the issue, a city-wide ban was recommended.

Juliette Cunningham, the lone councillor who voted against the ban, says it will just exacerbate the situation and worsen the relationship between the city and the homeless.