Chineham trolley trouble in spotlight

Chineham trolley trouble in spotlight

A trolley in the park at the back of Simons Road

A dumped trolley in Old Reading Road

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AN ANGRY resident has set up a Facebook page to try to force a supermarket into taking action about dumped shopping trolleys in Chineham.

Mick Thompson, from Chineham, set up the “Tesco Trolleys Dumped in Chineham” Facebook page after he saw a number of trolleys while out walking with his two dogs.

The 52-year-old has now encouraged local residents to post pictures of abandoned trolleys on the social networking site and has uploaded pictures showing trolleys dumped in various locations including Simons Close, Wade Road, and Great Binfields Copse.

Mr Thompson, owner of Travel Dog PR, told The Gazette: “These trolleys are a complete blight on the environment, and my plan was to set up the Facebook page and whenever I was walking with my dogs, take a picture.

“Chineham is a brilliantly designed area with lots of copses and footpaths everywhere, but it is completely blighted by the trolleys everywhere.”

“I don’t believe that Tesco are doing anything. I have mentioned it a few times at the customer service desk and they don’t seem to be interested. They need to stop it from happening.

“My friend was told that they were going to introduce £1 deposit for trolleys but it never happened. That would make a big difference.”

Councillor Martin Biermann, Independent borough councillor for Chineham, added: “This problem has been a curse since Tesco came. They are responsible for the trolleys in the same way as chip shops are for litter scattered around the shop. They are not taking it seriously enough.”

A spokesman for Tesco said that customer feedback showed that most visitors were not in favour of the introduction of £1 deposit for trolleys.

He added: “We currently check the local area on a daily basis and have a logbook in store so that customers can report abandoned trolleys to us.

“We are keen to be able to resolve this local issue and are also working with the parish council so that we are informed of any incidents and are quickly able to remove the trolleys.”

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4:37pm Sun 6 Jul 14

DougMa says...

Trolleys are fitted with wheel locks that can be triggered by an underground loop. Tesco should install these at pedestrian exits to stop people stealing and dumping the trolleys.
Trolleys are fitted with wheel locks that can be triggered by an underground loop. Tesco should install these at pedestrian exits to stop people stealing and dumping the trolleys. DougMa
  • Score: 10

4:53pm Sun 6 Jul 14

Mr_Right says...

DougMa wrote:
Trolleys are fitted with wheel locks that can be triggered by an underground loop. Tesco should install these at pedestrian exits to stop people stealing and dumping the trolleys.
They did for a while, but the flaming things kept locking up halfway around the store, or between the trolley park and the store entrance so they were removed...
[quote][p][bold]DougMa[/bold] wrote: Trolleys are fitted with wheel locks that can be triggered by an underground loop. Tesco should install these at pedestrian exits to stop people stealing and dumping the trolleys.[/p][/quote]They did for a while, but the flaming things kept locking up halfway around the store, or between the trolley park and the store entrance so they were removed... Mr_Right
  • Score: 0

8:26pm Sun 6 Jul 14

Grapes says...

Mr_Right wrote:
DougMa wrote:
Trolleys are fitted with wheel locks that can be triggered by an underground loop. Tesco should install these at pedestrian exits to stop people stealing and dumping the trolleys.
They did for a while, but the flaming things kept locking up halfway around the store, or between the trolley park and the store entrance so they were removed...
Not surprised about Tesco trolleys as at the moment there is one in Popley close to the subway. Will be a good idea if Tesco introduce £1 deposit for trolleys. I live in Popley and quite often Tesco trolleys end up in front of my front gate garden which is not a pretty site. If kids get hold of them can do a lot of damage so please do something about it before someone get hurt.
[quote][p][bold]Mr_Right[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]DougMa[/bold] wrote: Trolleys are fitted with wheel locks that can be triggered by an underground loop. Tesco should install these at pedestrian exits to stop people stealing and dumping the trolleys.[/p][/quote]They did for a while, but the flaming things kept locking up halfway around the store, or between the trolley park and the store entrance so they were removed...[/p][/quote]Not surprised about Tesco trolleys as at the moment there is one in Popley close to the subway. Will be a good idea if Tesco introduce £1 deposit for trolleys. I live in Popley and quite often Tesco trolleys end up in front of my front gate garden which is not a pretty site. If kids get hold of them can do a lot of damage so please do something about it before someone get hurt. Grapes
  • Score: 3

9:03pm Sun 6 Jul 14

suejuon says...

My husband reported an 'escaped' trolley in Pyotts Hill 2 weeks ago, it was still there 1 week after Tesco promised to 'do something' about it. Clearly not a priority.
My husband reported an 'escaped' trolley in Pyotts Hill 2 weeks ago, it was still there 1 week after Tesco promised to 'do something' about it. Clearly not a priority. suejuon
  • Score: 4

9:59pm Sun 6 Jul 14

DanBrad says...

Tesco provide the trolley for our convince but we must not forget that it's a very small number of people that steal the trolleys off site and in turn that increases the prices we all pay to the till, I have reported the fact to the team at the Tesco help desk and was very pleased with the way the staff reacted, however it must be said that Tecso team members are walking and driving past dumped trolleys a lot of the time, perhaps Tesco need to step up their I store training and encourage staff to recover dumped trolleys.
Tesco provide the trolley for our convince but we must not forget that it's a very small number of people that steal the trolleys off site and in turn that increases the prices we all pay to the till, I have reported the fact to the team at the Tesco help desk and was very pleased with the way the staff reacted, however it must be said that Tecso team members are walking and driving past dumped trolleys a lot of the time, perhaps Tesco need to step up their I store training and encourage staff to recover dumped trolleys. DanBrad
  • Score: 5

9:30am Mon 7 Jul 14

JJ38JJ says...

"The 52-year-old has now encouraged local residents to post pictures of abandoned trolleys on the social networking site"
Perhaps he should tackle the problem at source and encourage local residents to not take the trolleys in the first place. If I stole Mr Thompson's car would he blame himself? As for councillor Bierman, maybe you should have a word with the people that elected you?
"The 52-year-old has now encouraged local residents to post pictures of abandoned trolleys on the social networking site" Perhaps he should tackle the problem at source and encourage local residents to not take the trolleys in the first place. If I stole Mr Thompson's car would he blame himself? As for councillor Bierman, maybe you should have a word with the people that elected you? JJ38JJ
  • Score: 6

10:02am Mon 7 Jul 14

4rchibald says...

Why is it a supermarket fault? It's like stating that car manufacturers are responsible for car accidents.
Tesco have installed perimeter locks which were constantly broken, because people were...staling trolleys and dragging them with locked casters.
All residents would have to do is to start photographing and shaming those stealing and leaving trolleys.
Why is it a supermarket fault? It's like stating that car manufacturers are responsible for car accidents. Tesco have installed perimeter locks which were constantly broken, because people were...staling trolleys and dragging them with locked casters. All residents would have to do is to start photographing and shaming those stealing and leaving trolleys. 4rchibald
  • Score: 9

1:25pm Tue 8 Jul 14

W Wallace says...

I think the residents of Chineham Village need to take a good hard look at themselves.
As do those of South Ham, Buckskin, Kempshott, Brighton Hill, Popley, Winklebury.

Lets be honest a trolley in a close, by a roadside, in a hedge or an underpass isn't a new thing. It happens all over the country not Just Chineham Village, just because one man sets up a Facebook page then it becomes major local story.
I think the residents of Chineham Village need to take a good hard look at themselves. As do those of South Ham, Buckskin, Kempshott, Brighton Hill, Popley, Winklebury. Lets be honest a trolley in a close, by a roadside, in a hedge or an underpass isn't a new thing. It happens all over the country not Just Chineham Village, just because one man sets up a Facebook page then it becomes major local story. W Wallace
  • Score: 1

4:15pm Tue 8 Jul 14

JJ38JJ says...

W Wallace wrote:
I think the residents of Chineham Village need to take a good hard look at themselves.
As do those of South Ham, Buckskin, Kempshott, Brighton Hill, Popley, Winklebury.

Lets be honest a trolley in a close, by a roadside, in a hedge or an underpass isn't a new thing. It happens all over the country not Just Chineham Village, just because one man sets up a Facebook page then it becomes major local story.
I agree with your comment, but "Chineham Village"? Are you in sales by any chance?
[quote][p][bold]W Wallace[/bold] wrote: I think the residents of Chineham Village need to take a good hard look at themselves. As do those of South Ham, Buckskin, Kempshott, Brighton Hill, Popley, Winklebury. Lets be honest a trolley in a close, by a roadside, in a hedge or an underpass isn't a new thing. It happens all over the country not Just Chineham Village, just because one man sets up a Facebook page then it becomes major local story.[/p][/quote]I agree with your comment, but "Chineham Village"? Are you in sales by any chance? JJ38JJ
  • Score: 5

11:06am Wed 9 Jul 14

Marina Morris says...

Poor Mr Thompson, what a sad life he seems to have.
Poor Mr Thompson, what a sad life he seems to have. Marina Morris
  • Score: 2

1:10pm Wed 9 Jul 14

W Wallace says...

JJ38JJ wrote:
W Wallace wrote:
I think the residents of Chineham Village need to take a good hard look at themselves.
As do those of South Ham, Buckskin, Kempshott, Brighton Hill, Popley, Winklebury.

Lets be honest a trolley in a close, by a roadside, in a hedge or an underpass isn't a new thing. It happens all over the country not Just Chineham Village, just because one man sets up a Facebook page then it becomes major local story.
I agree with your comment, but "Chineham Village"? Are you in sales by any chance?
Chineham village, I was being sarcastic :-)
[quote][p][bold]JJ38JJ[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]W Wallace[/bold] wrote: I think the residents of Chineham Village need to take a good hard look at themselves. As do those of South Ham, Buckskin, Kempshott, Brighton Hill, Popley, Winklebury. Lets be honest a trolley in a close, by a roadside, in a hedge or an underpass isn't a new thing. It happens all over the country not Just Chineham Village, just because one man sets up a Facebook page then it becomes major local story.[/p][/quote]I agree with your comment, but "Chineham Village"? Are you in sales by any chance?[/p][/quote]Chineham village, I was being sarcastic :-) W Wallace
  • Score: 1

3:01pm Fri 11 Jul 14

Folkestone Saint says...

Marina Morris wrote:
Poor Mr Thompson, what a sad life he seems to have.
So you support apathy, do nothing about a problem, just ignore it and put down those who partake in life whilst you spectate, that to me would be a sadder life.
Well done Mr Thompson, why should you accept the wrongs of others.
[quote][p][bold]Marina Morris[/bold] wrote: Poor Mr Thompson, what a sad life he seems to have.[/p][/quote]So you support apathy, do nothing about a problem, just ignore it and put down those who partake in life whilst you spectate, that to me would be a sadder life. Well done Mr Thompson, why should you accept the wrongs of others. Folkestone Saint
  • Score: 2

4:25pm Fri 11 Jul 14

Sam_Walker123456 says...

4rchibald wrote:
Why is it a supermarket fault? It's like stating that car manufacturers are responsible for car accidents.
Tesco have installed perimeter locks which were constantly broken, because people were...staling trolleys and dragging them with locked casters.
All residents would have to do is to start photographing and shaming those stealing and leaving trolleys.
It is the supermarket's fault in the same way that discarded Big Mac packaging is MacDonalds' fault. Although the individual customers are to blame it is far easier for us to demand that the retailer solves the problem. The police have powers to prosecute people who drop litter or dump trollies, but they do not seem to exercise these powers very much. In the long run I think the retailer is far more likely than the police or government to come up with a workable solution (deposits for trolleys or MacDonalds' litter pickers for discarded packaging).
[quote][p][bold]4rchibald[/bold] wrote: Why is it a supermarket fault? It's like stating that car manufacturers are responsible for car accidents. Tesco have installed perimeter locks which were constantly broken, because people were...staling trolleys and dragging them with locked casters. All residents would have to do is to start photographing and shaming those stealing and leaving trolleys.[/p][/quote]It is the supermarket's fault in the same way that discarded Big Mac packaging is MacDonalds' fault. Although the individual customers are to blame it is far easier for us to demand that the retailer solves the problem. The police have powers to prosecute people who drop litter or dump trollies, but they do not seem to exercise these powers very much. In the long run I think the retailer is far more likely than the police or government to come up with a workable solution (deposits for trolleys or MacDonalds' litter pickers for discarded packaging). Sam_Walker123456
  • Score: 0

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