Crawley abandoned trolley blight

Vanessa Kirby outside her home in Bewbush, Crawley (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-150413-111915008

Vanessa Kirby outside her home in Bewbush, Crawley (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-150413-111915008

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A woman has urged supermarkets to do more to stop shopping trolleys being dumped over town.

Vanessa Kirby, of Bewbush, has seen trolleys in front gardens, blocking main roads and burnt out in parks.

Vanessa, 66, called on supermarkets to be ‘good neighbours’ by ensuring their property stayed on site. She moved to Crawley 50 years ago and said the abandoned carriers were making it a ‘dump’.

She said: “I would like to see supermarkets say we won’t let them out of our stores.

“They are not shoppers’ baskets, they are the supermarket’s baskets and they should be kept in the store.”

She urged people to report abandoned trolleys to Crawley Borough Council’s community wardens.

A spokesman said the council asked supermarkets to collect trollies after they were reported.

Vanessa said the problem affected all the town’s supermarkets except the Iceland in Broadfield. The store’s trolleys have poles attached which block their exit from the site.

A spokesman for Asda, which has a store in the town centre, said: “The majority of our customers can be trusted to use trolleys appropriately, but we’d plead once again with the minority of people that do take them off site and abandon them to stop doing so, and ask anyone else that sees one abandoned to give us a call so that we can go and collect it.”

A police spokesman said no trolleys had been reported stolen in the town.

The spokesman confirmed people keeping shopping trolleys in their gardens was not a crime.

The council spokesman said: “Residents can report abandoned trolleys, together with a wide range of streetscene issues, to us on our website at www.crawley.gov.uk/reportaproblem or by calling 01293 438000. The council then contacts the owners of the trolleys for them to remove.”

See letter, page 28.