An end to “breed­ing” trol­leys

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It’s a stag­ger­ing thought that in a one kilo­me­tre ra­dius around Hornsby’s cen­tre there lurk be­tween 500 and 700 su­per­mar­ket trol­leys on any given day.

Just seven years ago an au­dit re­vealed that fig­ure to be around just 50 to 60. “I think they're breed­ing,” joked Coun­cil­lor Nathan Til­bury, who’s has made some­thing of a per­sonal cru­sade to rid the streets of dis­carded trol­leys which have crashed into mov­ing cars, been aban­doned in a creek or even hurled up a tree.

Worst-af­fected streets are Col­lege Street, Edge­worth David Av­enue and Sher­brook Road. When Hornsby Coun­cil tried im­pound­ing them with $100 fines for their re­lease, re­tail­ers had lit­tle in­cen­tive to re­trieve them, as they only cost $110 to buy new.

Af­ter a visit to West­field in Chatswood where it has al­legedly re­duced the prob­lem by 98% in the three years since it was in­tro­duced, Cllr Til­bury has sug­gested to Hornsby it asks re­tail­ers to adopt the same wheel lock­ing sys­tem.

“It’s a se­ries of raised yel­low dots on the ground out­side the store or mall which ren­der the trol­ley par­tially dis­abled,” he ex­plains. “It ef­fec­tively feels like rid­ing a bike with the brakes on.

“It costs $70 per trol­ley so it’s cheaper than re­place­ment costs. West­field has agreed to fund it in part, in part­ner­ship with other re­tail­ers in the mall. We’re just wait­ing on them to work out the lo­gis­tics.”

The sys­tem in­volves the raised yel­low dots on the ground at ev­ery West­field exit, with signs alert­ing shop­pers to their pres­ence.

Nathan Til­bury with some er­rant trol­leys

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