Store to check out trolley trouble

A SUPERMARKET giant is looking to put the brake on a town s trolley trouble. Tesco in Baldock has agreed to investigate putting inhibitors on its shopping trolleys to stop them leaving the vicinity. The town has been plagued by abandoned trolleys since th

A SUPERMARKET giant is looking to put the brake on a town's trolley trouble.

Tesco in Baldock has agreed to investigate putting inhibitors on its shopping trolleys to stop them leaving the vicinity.

The town has been plagued by abandoned trolleys since the superstore opened but the problem has got worse over the last couple of years.

At times over 40 abandoned trolleys have been reported throughout the town.


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North Herts District Council policy manager Liz Green has been corresponding with Tesco.

And in a letter to Baldock councillors on Friday she said: "Common sense has ultimately prevailed and we have a commitment from Tesco to install inhibitors to lock the trolley wheels and thereby prevent them leaving the car park.

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"I shall ask a member of my team to check this periodically with Tesco to ensure installation takes place as quickly as possible."

Documents state that a Tesco operations manager conducted a review of the store six weeks ago and agreed that the number of discarded trolleys has increased significantly since the store was opened.

He will be investigating the trolley loop system which causes the wheels on trolleys to lock once they leave Tesco property.

A solution was finally granted after the district council's community safety team, Baldock police and local councillors appealed to Tesco to control the trolley problem and help counteract the rubbish and anti-social behaviour in the town.

However, the store has not yet agreed to unlock the gate between Holroyd Crescent and the store grounds.

In a letter to North Herts District Council, Tesco said it locked the gate to help the trolley situation.

But it also said that it recognised that this is not ideal as it blocks an access to the store for residents.

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