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Council action on abandoned trolleys

13 September 2019


Gosport Borough Council is set to clamp down on the problem of dumped shopping trolleys.


It plans to seize trolleys that have been abandoned, and charge stores for the cost of removing, storing and disposing of them.


A store could be charged a maximum of £310 per trolley if they didn't reclaim it after six weeks. If they did reclaim it, the charge would be £100 plus £5 per day for storage.


Cllr Graham Burgess is chairman of the council's Community Board, which has decided the charges should be introduced.


He said: "Gosport suffers a lot from the problem of dumped shopping trolleys, which make an area look untidy and neglected. They also harm wildlife, encourage anti-social behaviour and create flood hazards when they're dumped in waterways.


"We've worked with local supermarkets on the issue, encouraging them to either stop people taking trolleys away, or to collect them promptly. But the problem hasn't got any better, so we need to act.


"These new powers mean we could get rid of trolleys that have been dumped, but without the cost coming out of public funds."


Stores would be told that a trolley has been seized, and warned that it would be disposed of, or sold, if not reclaimed. The clampdown would apply to all shops or supermarkets that use trolleys. The council would also seek to remove trolleys from private land.


Local residents backed the idea in a consultation last year.


The new measures need to be approved at a forthcoming meeting of the full council. They would then come into force early next year.