Safety fears over trol­leys

Cynon Valley - - FRONT PAGE - TOM HOUGHTON tom.houghton@waleson­

SHOP­PING trol­leys are be­ing dumped dan­ger­ously close to a busy road and rail­way line, it is claimed.

A res­i­dent claims the trol­leys, al­legedly from Aber­dare Tesco, could cause a “fa­tal” ac­ci­dent.

SU­PER­MAR­KET shop­ping trol­leys are be­ing dumped “dan­ger­ously close” to a busy Val­leys Aroad and rail­way line and could cause a “fa­tal” ac­ci­dent, it is claimed.

The trol­leys, which are al­legedly be­ing taken from Tesco in Robert­stown, Aber­dare, have been spot­ted close to the busy A4059 and rail­way line run­ning through the Cynon Val­ley.

Chris Dunn, who lives nearby, said the trol­leys are be­ing taken from the store and across the bridge to Robert­stown, be­fore be­ing tipped over the side.

He posted these photos to Twit­ter last week, com­plain­ing to the su­per­mar­ket gi­ant about the dan­gers they could cause.

Mr Dunn, who has been “at log­ger­heads” with Tesco for years over the is­sue, also said other trol­lies are be­ing dumped in the Afon Cynon.

He said: “Four­teen years I’ve been liv­ing in the lo­cal area, and for 14 years I have seen Tesco trol­leys lit­ter­ing the area, and it’s get­ting worse.

“I dread to think what would hap­pen if one landed on the road or landed on a car us­ing that road. It could lead to a fa­tal col­li­sion.”

He said he thought it could be be­cause the su­per­mar­ket has staff-led trol­ley col­lec­tions with no coin mech­a­nisms to keep them to­gether.

He added: “I am hop­ing Tesco will in­stall coin mech­a­nisms on all their trol­leys to try and avoid these sit­u­a­tions.

“They are not be­ing proac­tive, they know their trol­leys are be­ing taken off site and are lit­ter­ing the river and lo­cal pub­lic foot­paths but they just state they are car­ry­ing out reg­u­lar staff led trol­ley col­lec­tions.

“But these staff-led trol­ley col­lec­tions do not mean they are wad­ing into the Afon Cynon or clam­ber­ing into the thick bushes and veg­e­ta­tion which bor­ders the tramway foot­path lead­ing to their store.”

He said he has seen sev­eral new trol­leys dot­ted around the Robert­stown area in the past few weeks, ad­ding: “I feel to­tally, to­tally dis­ap­pointed and frus­trated with Tesco’s com­plete lack of ac­tion on this is­sue.”

A Tesco spokesman said: “We have ar­ranged for the aban­doned trol­leys to be col­lected and re­turned to our Aber­dare store.”

One of the trol­leys close to the rail­way line

One of the dumped su­per­mar­ket trol­leys

Trol­leys dumped in the Afon Cynon

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