Trolley bad idea

PUBLISHED: 11:30 01 March 2007 | UPDATED: 11:37 06 May 2010

The gate secured with a cycle lock

The gate secured with a cycle lock

A GATE linking a supermarket and a residential street has been locked to stop people taking trolleys off the premises. It remains unclear who locked the gate, leading from Holyroyd Crescent in Baldock to the Tesco store, but one resident has been angered

A GATE linking a supermarket and a residential street has been locked to stop people taking trolleys off the premises.

It remains unclear who locked the gate, leading from Holyroyd Crescent in Baldock to the Tesco store, but one resident has been angered by the move.

Leonard Lucas, of Holroyd Crescent, said: "When I asked the store if it will remain locked they gave the excuse that it was for a trial period to stop people taking trolleys out of the car park.

"When I asked if it would only be locked at night to stop gangs using it as a short cut they said, 'No it will remain locked to stop complaints'."

Leonard said that some customers have difficulty walking any distance and that blocking this shortcut is a cheap solution.

When he called Tesco back they apparently mistook him for another customer and told him that the gate had been locked by a disgruntled resident.

A spokesman from Tesco said: "If people weren't taking the trolleys out in the first place we wouldn't have this problem."

He added: "We are doing the best we can. We try and listen to neighbours and be a good neighbour ourselves.

"I don't know who locked the gate, but it's obviously being locked to remedy the problem with trolleys.


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