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116 abandoned supermarket trolleys piling up in Barton and Tredworth

By The Citizen  |  Posted: November 29, 2012

Alfred street residents Sue Burrows-Simpson, left, Teresa Tandy Clayton and Ian Clarke

Alfred street residents Sue Burrows-Simpson, left, Teresa Tandy Clayton and Ian Clarke

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DUMPED shopping trolleys are blighting city streets.

One hundred and sixteen abandoned supermarket trolleys were found scattered around Barton and Tredworth in just a month.

Calls are now being made for supermarkets to foot the bill for their recovery and the knock-on effect the problem is having on communities.

Saj Patel, Conservative city councillor for Barton and Tredworth, says trolleys can hamper road safety and are worsening the flood risk.

"This shocking figure is totally unacceptable and highlights the true extent of the problem blighting the streets and alleyways of Gloucester," he said. "I believe it is time to take a more robust approach to tackle this problem.

"As far as I am concerned, abandoned supermarket trolleys are no different to fly-tipping. They are not only a nuisance, but often abandoned dangerously, compromising safety in residential streets as well as causing damage to cars and other property. They create flooding risk by causing blockages in water courses."

Mr Patel says new measures under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 should be brought in to curb the problem with heavy fines for supermarkets.

"Under the legislation, supermarkets will potentially face a fine for every abandoned trolley," he added. "The fine would cover the costs of removing, storing and disposing of these abandoned trolleys. In my view, imposing such fines will certainly help address this serious problem.

Such policies have already been introduced by other councils across the country.

"It is now time for the supermarkets to take greater responsibility and ownership of their trolleys. They need to improve security levels for their trolleys or face the consequences."

A city council spokesman said: "Following a dog fouling campaign in Barton and Tredworth councillors noticed a number of fly-tipping incidents in the area. They carried out a review of how many shopping trolleys were found, following this the supermarkets concerned have been contacted."

If a trolley is spotted, contractor Trolleywise can be contacted on 0800 3161241 to collect it.

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  • abrey78  |  December 02 2012, 2:46PM

    Company's do exist to collect stray trollies. Problem is it costs money so supermarkets ain't going to pay as they would sooner pay in excess of 100 pound per new trolley to replenish the missing trolleys

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  • dcfc79  |  November 30 2012, 1:37PM

    The supermarkets can do more whether its implement measures like the £1 trolley locks or other measures. The other issue is the youths of today do like to take a trolley and ride in it and there are people who are lazy to carry the shopping.

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  • Ysedra  |  November 30 2012, 10:20AM

    The device on the wheel should lock it when it is pushed across a red line at the edge of the store's car park. Either it doesn't work very well, or the lines have become faded in places. Asda don't seem eager to go with the pound coin slot idea like Morrisons. The option of paying the store a deposit, and anyone being able to return a trolley to receive the money, as with glass bottles in the old days doesn't seem likely either. This is a little out of the box, but why not have a number on the front of each trolley, so that when one is found abandoned, CCTV foorage can be checked to see who left the store with it? People would be a lot more reluctant to take them off the premises then, or act suspiciously when passing the cameras. Wouldn't work with burkhas, though.

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  • sticks_stones  |  November 30 2012, 12:03AM

    Councillor Patel is well trained, 'reverse blame' - steal, if you get caught, just blame the people you stole from! NIce one...con Pat Tory boy...

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  • spindles12  |  November 29 2012, 10:56PM

    I don't know if they still have them but Tesco had the braking system on their trollies and if anyone passed a post the trolley would suddenly stop. Unfortunately the braking system sometimes worked when the trolley wasn't anywhere near a post. This happened to me, just after I had walked out of the main entrance, with a full trolley. It wouldn't budge so I had to lift one end of the trolley and manhandle it across the car park until I reached my car. I just wonder if the stealing, yes STEALING of the trolleys by those lazy people would be as popular if the wheels locked up within a few yards of the supermarket. I believe that anyone who is seen with a trolley outside the supermarket's car park should be photographed and reported to the police, unless they have special permission to remove the trolley on a temporary basis.

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  • wildman  |  November 29 2012, 7:37PM

    I used to work for a supermarket collecting trollies, often we would get reports of abandoned trollies all over the place I had to go and collect them more often than not it wasn't our trollies, but I had to recovered them anyway. I thought that Asda along with other supermarkets now had brakes on their trollies to stop them being taken away from the carparks.

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  • thomas1996  |  November 29 2012, 12:14PM

    It's lazy a*se people going to Asda and who can't be bothered to carry their shopping back to their terraced house around Barton. Of course they couldn't possibly take it back, oh no, far too lazy! Asda should make a £1 charge for the trolleys going out of the car park like Morrisons do Asda could drive around once a week looking for THEIR property Asda could set up a confidential phone line or web site for people to report lost trolleys OR JUST BAN THE LAZY CUSTOMERS FROM THE STORE!

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  • Biggerman  |  November 29 2012, 11:01AM

    Stand In Charles Street at the back of Asda and you will quickly see which people take these trolleys out of the car park - The same people who leave bags of rubbish lying around and the same people who don't apply for the correct planning consent on religious properties.

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  • somersetlad52  |  November 29 2012, 10:49AM

    Some time ago shopping trolleys where fitted with a breaking system to stop just this sort of thing with metal grids fitted into pathways to stop wheels from going over them. Now we seem to have gone back to the old ways of not having this system in use. Another system was where trolleys had a coinage system where you had to put a pound coin in them and return the trolley to get your pound back. By going back to these systems you can easily tell which is shoppers and which is the yob element so in actual fact it is all sides who are to blame here not one or the other. Having said that I have seen many shoppers taking trolley loads from asda's on many occasions of which in your picture the trolleys are from asda.

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  • gunnersaurus1  |  November 29 2012, 10:18AM

    make people pay a five pound deposit on them then lets see how many get dumped by the idle wasters thats doing it

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