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Abandoned Shopping Trolley Policy - Public consultation

GBC proposes to adopt a power under the Environmental Protection act 1990 to deal with the problem of abandoned shopping trolleys which are having a detrimental effect on the quality of our environment. The policy will allow for the removal of trolleys from public and private land, including waterways, and for certain charges to be made for their storage and recovery.  The public consultation period will begin on 20/9/18 and end on 1/11/18. A comments box can be found at the bottom of this page.


ABANDONED SHOPPING TROLLEY POLICY

 

1. Background

 

1.1 Abandoned shopping trolleys (Trolleys) are having an increasing impact upon our local environment.  They can make an area look run down, contribute to littering, antisocial behaviour, cause harm to wildlife and create a flood hazard in waterways.

 

1.2 Gosport Borough Council (the Council) at a meeting of the Community Board on [date] has pursuant to section 99 of The Environmental Protection Act 1990 (the Act) resolved that Schedule 4 of  the Act  will apply to its area with effect from [date] .

 

2. Aim

The Council aims to ensure retailers take greater ownership of their trolleys and where this fails, take steps to reduce the number of Trolleys in order to improve the visual appearance of an area, reduce waste and litter and associated anti-social behaviour.


3. Scope

The policy is applies to all areas and retailers that provide shopping trolleys within the Borough of Gosport.

 

4. The Law

Schedule 4 of The Act allows the Council to

  • Seize and remove Trolleys*;
  • Store Trolleys for a period of six weeks;
  • Serve a notice on anyone who appears to be the owner informing them that the Trolley will be disposed of if it is not claimed;
  • Sell or dispose of Trolleys after the six week period has expired;
  • Charge a person who appears to be the owner an amount to cover the removal, storage and disposal of the Trolley.

 

5. *Private Property

The Council must obtain an owner / occupiers permission to remove a Trolley from their land. Alternatively a notice can be served on the occupier stating the intentions to remove the Trolley. If no objections are made, the Trolley may be removed after 14 days.

 

6. Seizure of abandoned trolley

The Council must serve notice on the owner of the Trolley if it can be established within14 days stating:

  • the Council has removed it
  • details of where it is stored
  • to reclaim the Trolley the retailer must pay the standard charge of £75
  • the Council may dispose of the trolley if not claimed within 6 weeks.

 

7. Storage

The Council is required to keep the Trolley for a period of six weeks after seizing and removing it.

 

8. Trolley Claimed

In order to reclaim the Trolley within the 6 week period the retailer must the pay Council the standard charge in the sum of £75.

 

9. Trolley Unclaimed

If at the end of that 6 week period, the Trolley becomes the property of the Council, who may sell or otherwise dispose of the Trolley.

Abandoned Shopping Trolley Policy - Public consultation
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