Berkshire

Reading stores face abandoned trolley fines from July

A council in Berkshire is to start fining supermarkets £15 for every dumped shopping trolley it recovers.

Reading Borough Council is proposing to charge for removal, storage, or the disposal or return of shopping or luggage trolleys left abandoned.

The Newtown area, where trolleys have been found on the pavement, in the road and in rivers, is one location being targeted by the council.

The new charges are likely to come into force from July.

Councillor Rob White said: "Since fining trolley owners was raised a little while ago the situation has improved.

"I hope introducing this measure will be the final nail in the coffin for this blight."

Under the plans, the council would charge £15 for removal, £7.50 a week for storage, £15 for returns and £50 to dispose of a trolley.

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