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OFF THEIR TROLLEYS; Council crackdown on stolen carts.

Byline: STEVE BAGNALL

SUPERMARKETS are facing fines as council bosses declare war on abandoned trolleys.

Wrexham chiefs want to use laws to penalise supermarkets whose trolleys are found littering the town.

They want to impose fines of pounds 60 per trolley for recovering, storing and returning them to supermarkets.

On average around 50 trolleys are found a week in Wrexham, around the streets, and in rivers and streams.

Three years ago the council threatened to start fining supermarkets if they did not tighten up the control of their trolleys, but did not go through with it.

Supermarket bosses insisted they were doing everything they could to stop the trolleys being pilfered and abandoned with security tag and payment deposit systems.

But the problem has not gone away and councillors will be urged to introduce fines at Tuesday's executive board meeting.

Wrexham's chief environment officer John Bradbury said: "Abandoned trolleys have always been an issue for the council and have historically been dealt with on an ad-hoc basis.

"The adoption of the powers is an opportunity for the council to further enhance its enforcement measures.

"When abandoned, these trolleys have a negative effect on the quality of the environment. Trolleys abandoned in water courses could cause blockages, which result in a significant flooding risk."

Wrexham council leader Aled Roberts said: "We feel that there's a need to place more responsibility on the supermarkets to deal with this."

A Tesco spokesman said: "We work hard to prevent trolleys being taken away from our stores for both environmental and financial reasons. "In addition to the blight on the local environment caused by an abandoned trolley, you also have to consider staff time to retrieve them from the streets and the cost of replacing them if damaged."

And Asda spokesperson said: "We do everything we can to ensure that no trolleys go walkies from our stores.

"Most of our customers can be trusted with trolleys but we'd plead with the minority of people that do take them off site and abandon them to stop doing so, and ask anyone else that sees one abandoned to give us a call so that we can go and collect it."

The store has installed "cart-tronics" - a system, where radio waves mark a boundary around the store, preventing trolleys from being taken off site.

stevebagnall@dailypost.co.uk

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