Wheels fall off City trol­ley con­trols

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS - Tim Slater

DISCARDED shop­ping trol­leys con­tinue to be a blight on Bel­mont streets and present a health, safety and crime risk, ac­cord­ing to lo­cal res­i­dent Janet Gee.

Ms Gee said the City of Bel­mont was un­able to con­trol the num­ber of trol­leys, par­tic­u­larly around Bel­mont Av­enue and Gabriel and Home­wood streets.

“On oc­ca­sions I have counted seven to 10 trol­leys in cer­tain lo­ca­tions,” she said.

“They present a health and safety risk to res­i­dents.

She said they could also be used by crim­i­nals to climb on and get into back yards.

Ms Gee told the City’s re­cent coun­cil meet­ing that ques­tions about the dump­ing of shop­ping trol­leys had been pre­sented to the coun­cil on many oc­ca­sions over the past 10 years but “noth­ing has changed”.

City com­mu­nity and statu­tory ser­vices di­rec­tor Neville Deague ac­knowl­edged that aban­doned trol­leys were an on­go­ing prob­lem.

“There are im­prove­ments noted when the City or­gan­ises in­fringe­ment blitzes, how­ever the im­prove­ments are al­ways short-lived,” he said.

“The City has tried writ­ing and speak­ing to rep­re­sen­ta­tives from ma­jor su­per­mar­kets and firms who re­spon­si­ble for col­lect­ing trol­leys out­lin­ing coun­cil and com­mu­nity con­cerns.”

He said coin-op­er­ated shop­ping trol­leys and elec­tronic meth­ods for re­strict­ing the range of shop­ping trol­leys had been sug­gested as pos­si­ble so­lu­tions.

“Un­for­tu­nately the City can’t con­vince the ma­jor su­per­mar­kets to change their ways,” he said.

“The only so­lu­tion seems to be mak­ing in­fringe­ments for aban­doned shop­ping trol­leys more costly, which in­volves amend­ing the City’s lo­cal laws.”

Mr Deague said the City would again ap­proach su­per­mar­kets to make changes.

These could in­clude us­ing wheel locks if trol­leys leave a cer­tain ra­dius, as is used in other lo­ca­tions, or coin-op­er­ated trol­leys.

“Fines are in place for aban­doned shop­ping trol­leys, but the fines need to be in­creased to pro­vide a suf­fi­cient de­ter­rent,” Mr Deague said.

Trol­leys left aban­doned on sub­ur­ban streets.

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