116 abandoned supermarket trolleys piling up in Barton and Tredworth
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.
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"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.