By Carl Jackson Thursday 17 January 2013 Updated: 17/01 12:27
DISTRICT councillors have hit out at Bromsgrove's ASDA for the number of discarded shopping trolleys being left around the town.
Coun Rory Shannon and Coun Chris Bloore, who represent St Johns and Sidemoor on the council, went out for an afternoon on January 6 and collected more than 30 trolleys from surrounding streets, some of which had been there for days.
They called on management and staff at the Market Street store to take the issue more seriously and step up their own trolley collections.
Coun Shannon said: "It’s quite clear there are not enough collections at present.
"It’s not long since we were reading about a large scale trolley theft, but now they are happy to leave tens of them scattered around the surrounded roads, what are they playing at?
"ASDA are seen as a responsible company, introducing recycled packaging and reusable carry bags, but in this case they are happy for their trolleys to be left around the town, degrading our neighbourhood."
Coun Shannon added the issue had got worse due to the current financial climate because many shoppers parked off-site to avoid charges and walked the trolleys back to their cars and then left them there.
He said others who lived nearby perhaps could not afford to run cars anymore and simply took their shopping to their door in trolleys before rolling them back on to the path.
Coun Bloore added: "It is unfair on local residents and dangerous to have trolleys dotted around Sidemoor and the town centre.
"Up to three days to have a discarded trolley removed from your road isn't good enough and can lead to them being using in anti-social behaviour.
"ASDA needs to listen to local residents now and act to improve the situation."
A spokesman from ASDA said the store was aware of the issue and acting on it.
"It’s only a small number of trolleys that ever go walkies– but clearly we want to make sure they are at the store where our customers need them.
"We have a range of initiatives to make sure trolleys stay where they are needed, or can be retrieved quickly when they go wandering.
"But clearly, our preferred option is that our customers leave them at the store when they have finished their shopping.
"In Bromsgrove, we’re also investigating additional ways to stop our trolleys going on a walkabout."
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