Rubbish filled trolleys blight Milngavie gateway

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Thoughtless shoppers are abandoning supermarket trollies outside Milngavie train station which are being filled with rubbish.

The area is important as it is the first impression many people tackling the West Highland Way have, with calls from local councillors for action to be taken.

Chair of the Town Centre Steering Group, councillor Jim Gibbons said: “I have been aware of the changing pattern of use at this location for some time and understand that people want to use the taxis that are available from the station car park. It would be greatly appreciated if the trolley operators could provide extra patrols in this area to remove the untidy discarded trolleys.”

And he added that the East Dunbartonshire Council is looking at ways to improvement the area in front of the listed train station, which would build on the good work already done by Milngavie in Bloom and the Council in previous years.

Echoing these comments councillor Eric Gotts, added: “The local community, especially with the efforts of Milngavie in Bloom do great work in keeping the area attractive and this is spoilt by the mindless few that abandon trolleys all over the place. To Tescos credit there are creating more covered parking bays to accommodate shopping trolleys, but unfortunately there is still a problem.”

Councillor Gotts added that he will be raising this issue at the next town centre steering committee meeting.

A Tesco spokesperson: “We always want to be a good neighbour in all of the communities we serve and regularly patrol the local area to collect trolleys which haven’t been returned. We’ve installed two new collection bays to make it easier for customers to drop off their trolleys and would like to thank them for their cooperation in helping to keep the local area tidy.”