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Trolley traps to be installed at Castlepoint to cut numbers taken off site
FOUR new “trolley traps” are to be installed at a Bournemouth shopping park to try and cut the numbers being taken off site.
Castlepoint bosses are taking action after discovering that up to 40 of the centre’s 2,500 shopping trolleys are leaving the site each day.
Workers currently respond to reports of abandoned trolleys and search the area looking for strays but trolleys that cannot be found have to be replaced at £100 a time.
Now the shopping centre plans to install four traps at key locations around Castlepoint.
The trap is similar to the system used to stop the trolleys moving on the centre’s travelators, so should prove effective at preventing trolleys from being taken out of the shopping park.
Sean Page, Castlepoint’s contract manager, said: “It is regretful that we have had to go to these measures to shop the inconsiderate behaviour of a few shoppers.
“Each trolley is used many times in a single day so every trolley offsite affects many customers and is increasingly likely to be damaged. We also then get complaints from local residents who find trolleys abandoned outside of their home.
“Fortunately we have our own trolley collection van that searches the area looking for strays and responds fast to any trolleys reported by local residents but we’re hoping these new trolley traps will reduce the problem.”
Once safely stored at the centre, every Castlepoint trolley is given the equivalent of an MOT every six months to fight against the shopper’s pet hate – wobbly wheels.
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