CAN MAGNETS END TROLLEY DUMPING
December 12, 2002
BY AISHA IQBAL
BRACKNELL'S age-old trolley dumping problem may become a thing of the past if a new magnetic-trolley scheme proves successful.
The Times reported earlier this year that trolleys were being taken from the Sainsbury's car park in Bagshot Road and abandoned in the surrounding area, including local beauty spots like South Lake near South Hill Park arts centre.
The superstore even employed someone especially to go and retrieve abandoned trolleys.
During a recent public
consultation for a proposed extension to the store, Sainsbury's managers were made aware of residents'
concerns, which led to the measures introduced last week.
The new system is called Magnalock, and it has worked effectively in other stores where trolley dumping is a problem,
Magnets are placed on
trolley wheels and along the car park exits.
The magnetised wheels become jammed if they are pushed over the car park boundary, making it very
difficult to push them off the store site.
The system was launched at the Bagshot Road store on Friday by Birch Hill councillor Gill Birch.
A spokesperson for the store said: We are committed to
providing a first class
shopping environment for our customers while maintaining a good relationship with the community."
Sainsbury's also claims that proposals for a 20,000 square foot extension to the store have been welcomed by locals.
The Times reported earlier this year that the store was planning the 20,000 sq ft extension to the existing building, and at the time,
residents in nearby homes on Pakenham Road made strong objections to the proposals.
In October, Sainsbury's
consulted the public on the proposed application by
distributing more than 7,000 brochures and holding an in-store exhibition.
A spokesman claimed that 61 per cent of respondents had been "broadly supportive" of the plans.
The expansion plans are due to come before planning
officers for consideration in the new year.